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Anti-Choice Laws

Refusal to Provide Medical Services

Connecticut allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.


ABORTION REFUSAL CLAUSE

Connecticut allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide abortion services.


To whom does the refusal clause apply? Individuals.


What does the refusal clause allow? No person may be required to participate in any phase of an abortion against his or her judgment or philosophical, moral, or religious beliefs.


Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to notify the persons affected? No.


Are there circumstances under which a refusal clause may not be exercised? No.


Does the law require the refusing individual or entity to provide medically and factually accurate information or provide a referral for abortion services? No.


Does the law provide a mechanism for women to otherwise obtain specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals if an individual and/or entity exercises a refusal clause? No.


Conn. Agencies Regs § 19-13-D54 (Enacted 1974; Last Amended 2005).




Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP) subject abortion providers and clinics to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical providers. In many states, these regulations masquerade protections for patients, but actually furnish anti-choice groups with a backdoor to rollback women’s reproductive rights.


In Connecticut, outpatient clinics like Planned Parenthood that provide abortions are singled out with stricter regulations than outpatient clinics that do not offer abortions. Specifically, all abortion providers in Connecticut are required to conform to the same outfitting standards demanded of surgical facilities. These targeted regulations slot Connecticut among just 24 states that regulate abortion providers more stringently than what is medically necessary to ensure patient safety and wellbeing.


Public Health Code of the State of Connecticut; Sec. 19-13-D54


 
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