As we continue to see reproductive freedom attacked at the federal level, it is more vital than ever that we continue the fight to protect that freedom here in our state. The legislative arm of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation, believing strongly that every person has the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
Protecting and Advancing Access to Reproductive Healthcare
Access to reproductive healthcare is under direct threat at the federal level. Connecticut is not immune to the effects of these threats; we must remain vigilant to ensure that the anti-choice movement does not gain more power in our state. This year, we will build on our work from the 2017 legislative session to protect existing access as well as working to move the needle forward on reproductive health.
Our priorities for this work include:
- Ensuring continued coverage for all forms of birth control, without cost-sharing
- Protection for essential benefits as outlined in the ACA
- Improving access by making birth control available through a 12-month supply
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)
Crisis pregnancy centers are anti-abortion counseling centers that are unregulated by the state and often give out false medical information and use deceptive advertising practices. These organizations are a threat to access to reproductive healthcare here in Connecticut. Every person should be able to access honest, non-judgmental healthcare and should not be shamed or deceived when attempting to exercise their right to access this care. We will be focused on legislation to limit the deceptive practices of CPCs in our state.
Paid Family and Medical Leave
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut is a proud member of the Campaign for Paid Family Leave. No worker should be forced to choose between the family they love or their own health and the job they need. Paid family and medical leave will ensure that workers who need to take time off to welcome a new baby, care for an ill loved one or recover from a personal illness are not punished financially. It is past time for the CT General Assembly to take action to pass this vital legislation.