Welcome to NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut’s Repro Rundown, our biweekly digital newsletter that provides you with critical updates about the fight for reproductive freedom. These past few weeks have been busy, and we are excited to update you on our work and provide numerous opportunities for you to get involved!
Action Taken Towards Combating Anti-Choice Deceptive Advertising Practices!
BIG NEWS: S.B. 835 An Act Concerncing Deceptive Advertsing Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers, passed the Senate on Wednesday, May 5th! As State Director Liz Gustafson mentioned in her press release, “Any delay in receiving this care is a threat to public health, and in this moment the impact of disinformation and misdirection is even more detrimental to those who are interrupted in their search for medical care. This legislation is about honesty, transparency, and the dignity of those who need access to care. It is about fostering safe and healthy communities, free of stigma and unnecessary barriers perpetuated by deceptive tactics.” Thank you to Senator Mary Abrams for her continued leadership and commitment to protecting & expanding reproductive freedom, and to all of our members and cross-movement allies for getting us to this critical point. On to the House of Representatives!
Read more in this article published by the Hartford Courant.
Additional legislative updates:
- H.B 6389 An Act Concerning Explanation of Benefits was voted out of the House of Representatives! Although EOBs were created to increase transparency and protect consumers in the insurance claims process, HB 6389 addresses a significant barrier by ensuring that when multiple people are on the same insurance plan, confidential healthcare information is protected and not shared with anyone other than the patient. It is now awaiting action in the Senate!
- H.B. 5596, legislation that will extend telehealth services for another two more years, passed both the House of Representatives and Senate this week!
- S.B. 753 An Act Concerning the Counting of Incarcerated Persons for Purposes of Determining Legislative Districts passed the Senate on Thursday, May 6th. This bill provides “for the adjustment of population data so as to count incarcerated persons as residents of their last town of residence rather than as residents of the town in which the correctional facility is located.” Currently, the state counts prisoners as residents of the town their prison is located in, which known as prison gerrymandering. To learn more about SB 753 & the advocates leading the fight, check out this interview with State Senator Mae Flexer and Claudine Fox, Advocacy Director of ACLU Connecticut.
- H.B. 5158 An Act Concerning Breastfeeding in the Workplace was voted out of the House on Thursday, May 6th! This bill expands current legislation by requiring that employers provide private spaces for those who wish to continue breastfeeding to pump, as well as access to cold storage and an electrical outlet.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Outlines Biden’s 100 Days in Office
Earlier last week, NARAL Pro- Choice America released a memo depicting the ways in which the Biden Administration has promoted reproductive freedom throughout their first 100 days in office, as well as the obstacles that still need to be overcome. To obtain a more general understanding of the actions being taken on the federal level of government, check out the memo on NARAL Pro-Choice America’s website.
More Ways to Take Action (Act, Learn, Donate):
Learn: Check out this article that shares more on the history & current national strategy of CPCs as the new frontline for the anti-abortion movement.
Donate: To #IAmNotAVirus, an artist led initiative founded in March of 2020 to address the attacks against Asian Americans due to COVID related racism through education, storytelling, and art.