Welcome back to NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut’s Repro Rundown, our digital newsletter that provides you with critical updates about the fight for reproductive freedom at each level of government. So much has happened this week both within Connecticut and beyond- read on to learn more!
S.B. 835 Passed the House!!
Our top priority bill, S.B. 835 AAC Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers, passed out of the House on Wednesday, May 19 and is now on to the desk of Governor Ned Lamont!
“Wednesday’s vote reaffirmed that the State of Connecticut will not stand for attempts to delay or block access to essential reproductive healthcare. 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. We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Representative Jillian Gilchrest, Representative Jonathan Steinberg, and are proud of our legislature for taking action. We look forward to Governor Lamont to stand with us on behalf of reproductive freedom by signing this critical bill into law.” Read our full statement here.
We also want to give a big shout-out to our brave advocates who lead these efforts every single day, and use the power of their voice to uplift & center the experiences of others. This victory has been a long time coming and would not have been possible without each and every one of our members, legislative champions and cross-movement allies who built the foundation to get us to this moment- we hope you will take a moment to celebrate with us!
We are ecstatic about this huge win in the fight for reproductive freedom, but are also commited to doubling down on our advocacy efforts throughout the remainder of this legislative session. See below for some legislative updates!
- On Tuesday, 5/18, the Senate voted favorably on S.B. 1 An Act Equalizing Comprehensive Access to Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Health Care in Response to the Pandemic. The bill, which seeks to “equalize comprehensive access to mental, behavioral and physical health care in response to the pandemic,” now resides in the House.
- S.B. 956 An Act Providing Medical Assistance to Certain Individuals Regardless of Immigration Status Keep your eyes open to hear about upcoming ways you can help take action with the Husky 4 Immigrants Campaign. In the meantime, make sure to contact your legislator in support here!
- The House passed H.B. 6389 An Act Concerning Explanation of Benefits, which now awaits action in the Senate!
- S.B. 910 An Act Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Post-partum Care to Twelve Months After a Medicaid Beneficiary Gives Birth to a Child is currently awaiting action in the Senate.
- H.B. 5158 AAC Breastfeeding in the Workplace is awaiting a vote in the Senate. If passed, the bill would ensure more comprehensive accommodations are made for those who wish to breastfeed at work.
- S.B. 842 AAC Health Insurance and Health Care in Connecticut. S.B. 842 would create a public option in our state- making quality, affordable healthcare more accessible.
The Supreme Court & Anti-Choice Threats Across the U.S.
On Wednesday, May 19th, the same night the House was debating on S.B. 835, Team NARAL CT joined Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William Tong, and Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut & The ACLU of Connecticut for a press conference regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Check out the Lt. Governor’s Twitter thread on the press conference and decision here.
The Supreme Court’s decision to review an abortion ban is incredibly alarming, as this ban unquestionably violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent. While abortion remains legal in all 50 states, anti-choice, anti-freedom extremists are doing everything in their power to change that and chip away at access.
State legislators hostile to abortion have introduced, advanced, or passed a record-breaking amount of bills undermining abortion access since 2021 began. This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a 6-week abortion ban into law, bringing the number of restrictions enacted in 2021 to 70 in 15 states- including 10 abortion bans.
Legality has never equaled access, as many people still face barriers and are unable to access the abortion care they need. That is why we must keep fighting to protect and expand reproductive freedom- from the Supreme Court to here in the Nutmeg State. A threat to reproductive freedom anywhere is a threat to reproductive freedom everywhere. It is the responsibility of states like Connecticut to take the lead and pass proactive, pro-choice policies that not only safeguards, but expands access to essential reproductive healthcare for all who need it.
More Ways to Take Action (Act, Learn, Donate):
Act: Reach out to your legislators and ask them to support
proactive pro-choice policies, including the bills listed above!
Learn: Check out this article that covers the House vote on S.B. 835!
Donate: Take your support to the next level & donate to ensure Team NARAL can continue our hard-hitting advoacy efforts!