In the state of Connecticut, abortion remains legal. This is due to state laws expanding access to abortion like the one passed earlier this year, a variety of court cases in the 1980s, and decades of advocacy from people throughout the state. Connecticut added an affirmative right to choose into its state law in 1990. Connecticut’s state law guaranteeing access to abortion is not affected by Dobbs. Abortion remains legal in Connecticut.
Connecticut laws protecting the legal right to abortion are strong, and the courts have already interpreted our state constitution as protecting abortion.
The 2022 Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Lamont, updates Connecticut’s abortion law to allow trained, qualified advanced practice clinicians to perform aspiration abortion to serve our residents and anyone traveling to our state to access legal abortion. The law also protects patients and providers from targeted legal attacks by politicians in other states passing radical, extreme abortion bans. The ACLU of Connecticut testified in support of this law.
In 2001, the Connecticut Attorney General issued an opinion allowing APRNs (advance practice registered nurses) and PAs (physician’s assistants) to prescribe medication abortion.
In 1986, in a case brought by the ACLU of Connecticut on behalf of our anonymous client, Rosie J. Doe, and her physician, Marshall Holley, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for abortion care was unconstitutional. The court held in that case that Connecticut’s ban on Medicaid (HUSKY) coverage for abortion violated the due process, equal protection, and equal rights amendments of Connecticut’s State Constitution.
Today, improving abortion access is the area where people in our state most need elected officials to do more.