The Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right for all was supposed to be the beginning of the fight for women’s equality and autonomy, not the end. Since then, we’ve been forced to defend it over and over again as anti-choice politicians and organizations focus on undermining and chipping away at our rights until they can do away with legal abortion access completely. They’ve passed hundreds of laws to restrict a woman’s ability to access safe, legal abortion care. These laws take many forms, including trying to outlaw abortion altogether, shutting down clinics, restricting access based on income level and dictating which medical procedures are available.
Anti-choice extremists will stop at nothing. They have opened thousands of fake health-care “clinics” that lie to and mislead women to prevent them from considering abortion as an option. And some anti-abortion zealots—emboldened by extreme rhetoric from anti-choice groups and politicians—have even murdered doctors and bombed clinics.
When the right to abortion is endangered, the fundamental equality of women is threatened. A woman can never be equal if she is denied the basic right to make decisions for herself and her family.
The right to access legal abortion is a matter of choice and privacy. We defend this right because we believe that women have the intelligence and integrity to make informed decisions.
How do we define legal abortion?
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut follows the tenets set forth in Roe v. Wade to define legal abortion.
Abortion Laws in Connecticut
The state of Connecticut has strong laws that protect the rights of all women to access legal abortion. Each year though, we have to defend against anti-choice attacks that seek to limit this right.
Attacks on Abortion throughout the United States
Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has been slowly chipped away by anti-choice attacks. Many states throughout the United States have enacted abortion bans and a variety of other policies that seek to limit the right to access abortion.
What is medical abortion?
In 2000, the FDA approved RU 486 (also called mifepristone, non-surgical abortion, or medical abortion), giving women a non-surgical option to terminate an unintended pregnancy.
Abortion can be a difficult discussion…
Since 1973, people have been arguing about abortion. They argue about it religiously, scientifically, politically, and morally. All of this arguing has divided people and ignores the true principals of Roe-privacy and choice.
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut is committed to engaging people in honest, open dialogue about abortion.