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CT Abortion Rights

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Abortion in Connecticut is confidential. Unless specifically authorized by Connecticut or federal law, health care providers are not allowed to disclose your information to anyone other than you unless you give them permission. This includes your medical records and any information about appointments or procedures. Please also keep in mind that:

 

  • Minors can receive abortion care in Connecticut without parental notification. People under age 16 are required by law to receive counseling during their abortion care visit. 
  • There is generally no requirement of spousal notification in Connecticut.

Your Right to an Abortion


In May 2022, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that provides important protections for medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut.

This law also:

  • Allows more types of practitioners to perform certain abortion-related care: Advanced practice clinicians, registered nurses (APRNs), nurse-midwives, and physician assistants (PAs) can now receive training to provide aspiration abortion care.
  • Provides certain legal protections from lawsuits and harassment for Connecticut abortion providers and anyone traveling to Connecticut for abortion care.
  • Provides new protections against disclosing medical information about abortions without the patient's consent
  • Forbids Connecticut's public officials from using any public resources to assist in prosecuting or civilly suing someone for performing or receiving abortion services that are legal in Connecticut

In 2021, Governor Lamont signed a law (Public Act 21-17) that bars limited services pregnancy centers or “crisis pregnancy centers” from using:

  • False, misleading, or deceptive language about the services they provide
  • Language about offering services that the center has no intention of providing

This law is enforced by the Office of the Attorney General in conjunction with the Department of Consumer Protection.


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