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Connecticut Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

By    |   Thursday, 06 August 2015 01:49 PM

Connecticut is one of the country's friendliest states when it comes to a woman's right to an abortion, free of mandated waiting periods, parental notification, or limitations on publicly funded abortion locations.

While the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion at the federal level, individual states can set restrictions, though the Constitution State has avoided stipulations that would make it harder to end a pregnancy, according to FindLaw.com.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal ignited a fiery 2014 discussion in Washington when a Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Blumenthal's proposed legislation, the Women's Health Protection Act.

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A pro-choice supporter, Blumenthal argued that states should have no legislative authority to hamper abortions. "(Such) measures have nothing to do with protecting health," he told The Connecticut Mirror.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Blumenthal's Women's Health Protection Act prompted comments from both sides, as well as theatrics, such as Tennessee Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn holding up an ultrasound image of her grandson while stating, "Even at three months [in the womb] you can tell he has my eyes."

Here are a few quotes from the hearing:

"The bill would attack conscience exemptions that have existed since the 1973 abortion decisions. It would bar laws that provide for periods of reflection and consideration before an abortion is chosen. It would even prevent a state from assuring that a physician is physically present when abortion drugs are given, or even that only a physician may perform a surgical abortion. It will make an abortion less safe."
Rep. Blackburn

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"No other procedures involve the purposeful termination of a life. This should be called The Abortion Without Limits Act."
Carol Tobias, National Right to Life Committee President, at the hearing, criticizing Blumenthal's bill for requiring doctors to treat an abortion no differently than any other procedure

"I support the Women’s Health Protection Act because women across the country are losing the ability to make their own very personal, private health care decisions. In recent years, states have passed numerous measures that restrict abortion that are not based on medical evidence and do nothing to benefit patients."
Dr. Willie Parker, testified in statement

“The legislation that this committee is considering is extreme legislation ... designed to eliminate reasonable restrictions on abortion that states across this country have put in place ... designed to force a radical view from Democrats in the Senate, that abortion should be universally available, common, without limit and paid for by the taxpayer. That is an extreme and radical view. It is a view shared by a tiny percentage of Americans, although a very high percentage of activists in the Democratic Party, who fund and provide manpower politically.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), arguing in testimony that Blumenthal's proposal does not reflect the values of the majority of America

“Abortion is one of the safest legal procedures in the United States today. The principal of the legislation is that it should be subject to the same kinds of regulatory regiment as a medically comparable procedure. That’s sort of science and good common sense. That it should not be burdened with additional restrictions targeting abortion alone.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, reintroducing the Women's Health Protection Act in 2015, according to WAMC

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