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Connecticut Abortion Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 06:04 PM

People on both sides of the issue agree Connecticut abortion laws are among the nation's least restrictive. Of the three states that border the Constitution State, only neighboring New York maintains less restrictive reproductive rights laws. While Massachusetts' abortion laws are less restrictive than most states, it's still more restrictive than Connecticut. The third, Rhode Island, maintains considerably more restrictive abortion laws than Connecticut.

State lawmakers have decided how strictly to regulate abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 issued the Roe v. Wade decision giving women nationwide the right to that procedure.

Connecticut legislators have amended the state’s laws in a manner that left it ranked as the nation’s third best state for reproductive rights in 2015 by NARAL Pro-Choice America. Among Connecticut’s neighbors, NARAL placed New York at 10th, Massachusetts at 15th and Rhode Island at 24th.

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Meanwhile, the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life listed Connecticut as the nation’s tenth least-protective state in terms of enacting anti-abortion legislation. Among Connecticut’s neighbors, the report named New York as seventh least-protective, Massachusetts as 13th least and Rhode Island as 25th least.

The Guttmacher Institute noted these differences in abortion laws between Connecticut and its neighboring states:

  • Connecticut and New York require no waiting periods, restrictions on publicly financed abortions, or parental notification or consent for a minor to have an abortion.
  • But Massachusetts and Rhode Island require at least one parent to be informed and give consent.
  • Rhode Island also maintains two restrictions not present in Connecticut, Massachusetts, or New York: It makes public funding available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, incest or rape; and allows for abortion to be covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, incest or rape.
  • While partial birth abortions remain legal in Connecticut and all three of its bordering states, they're only legal in Rhode Island because a law banning them was “permanently enjoined by court order,” the Guttmacher Institute reported.
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People on both sides of the abortion issue agree Connecticut abortion laws are among the nation's least restrictive. Of the three states that border the Constitution State, only one neighboring state maintains less restrictive abortion laws than Connecticut.
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