2022 Abortion Related Legislation

 1) SR 30 - This Senate Resolution proposes an amendment to Connecticut's constitution that would enshrine abortion as a constitutional right. The amendment would eventually have to be approved by the voters. Notice the word abortion is not used in the resolution, although this is what the resolution is all about.

    A public hearing, via ZOOM,  has been scheduled: The Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. via Zoom.  The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.  Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form. Registration will close on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.  Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted on the Government Administration and Elections Committee website on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to [email protected].

   2) H.B. 5261 - This bill seeks to expand the type of medical providers that can perform a surgical abortion. Currently, state health regulations only allow a physician certified in surgery to perform an abortion. This legislation would allow physician assistants, advance nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife to perform abortions. The legislation is driven by the fact that many physicians will not perform abortions for a variety of reasons, especially moral objections. The legislation would violate the long held practice that the Department of Public Health (DPH) determines the "scope of practice" of medical providers and is not supported by medical organizations. This legislation is an attempt to go around the DPH, since prior requests for a change have been resisted by the DPH and professional organizations. This legislation could end up harming women as the  abortion industry strives to keep their doors open.  Testimony by the Conference given on March 9th.      

   3) H.B. 5414 - This bill would make Connecticut a "Safe Harbor" state for persons that have legal actions pending in other states for violating that states abortion laws. Those persons could come to Connecticut for legal protections. The legislation would prohibit any summons or subpoenas issued in another state from being honored in Connecticut as long as the violation of  the abortion law in that state is legal in Connecticut. The Governor would be prohibited from extraditing the person if a request is made from another state. These proposed bill presents constitutional problems since it appears to be a violation of the Full Faith and Credit provision of the U.S. Constitution, which states that a state must honor legal proceedings in another state, with very few exceptions. Testimony by the Conference given on March 25th.