After Roe in Connecticut, abortion will be legal until the unborn child is considered viable. Hear from Family Institute of Connecticut about what’s at stake, and how you can be part of the fight for life. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.
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THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, will my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Connecticut will allow nearly all abortions. It has established in law that the decision to terminate a pregnancy before the fetus is viable (i.e., can live outside the mother’s womb) is solely that of the mother in consultation with her physician (CGS § 19a-602(a)).
What is my state’s next step in the fight for life, once Roe is overturned?
Our immediate focus will be on stopping any effort to put a “right to abortion” into our state constitution. Our intermediate focus will be on passing common sense laws, such as parental notification, that enjoy broad support. Our long-term focus will be on overturning “the 1990 law”—the law that became the first in the nation declaring a “right to abortion” that remains even once Roe is overturned—and restoring legal protection to the unborn in our state.
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would be in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Abortion is prohibited after viability (CGS § 19a-602(b)).
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
Yes: To preserve the woman’s life or health (CGS § 19a-602(b)).
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Yes: Individuals can refuse to participate in any phase of an abortion against his or her judgment or philosophical, moral, or religious beliefs. Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19-13-D54.
Babies Born Alive
Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Physicians must be licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut in order to perform an abortion. Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19-13-D54.
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Yes: For minors (defined as under 16 years old), before a physician may perform an abortion, the physician or a counselor generally must provide pregnancy information and counseling in a language the minor will understand (CGS § 19a-601).
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?