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Connecticut State Senate Votes To Make State An “Abortion Refuge”

Connecticut State Senate Votes To Make State An “Abortion Refuge”

“It would also allow nurse-midwives, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants certified in the procedures, to perform abortions.”

Connecticut has responded to various states passing laws limiting abortions within those states by promising to become a “refuge” for abortion providers and seekers.

The Stamford Advocate reports:

The state Senate late Friday approved an expansion of reproductive rights that could make Connecticut a refuge for women from around the nation seeking abortions at a time when conservative state governments are curtailing rights in the culture wars.

The 25-9 vote belied the tension in the Capitol during a three-hour debate in which Black Democratic senators including Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport and Patricia Billie Miller of Stamford joined conservative Republicans in opposing the bill.

If signed into law by the governor, it would protect medical personnel who perform abortions in Connecticut from legal action from states where abortion has been restricted or banned. It would also limit the governor’s extradition authority in cases where other states, such as Texas, try to punish Connecticut medical professionals from across state lines.

It would also allow nurse-midwives, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants certified in the procedures, to perform abortions.

I wonder if “You don’t need a doctor; just about anyone in Connecticut can perform abortions! Book your visit today!” is going to be the new tourism motto?

Apparently, the Connecticut constitution has long been adapted to include Roe v. Wade “rights.”

The Stamford Advocate continues:

“Connecticut has been a state that has thought about the issue of abortion in such a way that in 1990 we codified Roe, offering protections to people in this state,” said Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who led the debate along with Sen. Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor, a physician who is co-chairman of the Public Health Committee.

“But as we are here in 2022, there is the thought that the Supreme Court may act in a way that some of the protections that we see afforded to people here in the state of Connecticut, will not be afforded to people in other places,” Winfield said. “This means that we have to think about what we will do when that time comes. And we have to think about what we’re going to do right now, given what’s happened in other states.”

“We have to stand up. We cannot take anything for granted,” Anwar said, stressing that five years ago he would not have believed the extent to which some states are preventing reproductive rights in 2022. “Forty nine years ago this was settled. It’s unfortunate that at this time those rights are under threat.”

The debate surrounding the bill was apparently rather long and emotional. One of the more effective opponents to the bill was Democrat Sen. Patricia Billie Miller.

The Hartford Courant reports:

Sen. Patricia Billie Miller, a Stamford Democrat, and others talked passionately on the Senate floor about Margaret Sanger, the founding of Planned Parenthood and the history of abortion.

“Babies were ripped from Black mothers, African mothers, during slavery,” she said. “That’s the history that Black women and Native American women have had to endure. … There’s no way that I can accept a system that would intentionally take a baby from a mother. … Yes, they sterilized men, too. It wasn’t just women.”

Miller noted that legislators often say that the brain is still developing until age 25 when they talk about issues like juvenile justice.

“We’re saying if an 18-year-old wants to have an abortion, she can do that. … That gives me pause,” Miller said. “My friends who had abortions at 18 … and it still bothers them. … I will not stand here and support a system that was designed to take advantage of people who didn’t know any better.”

She said that some women who are now in their 60s and 70s are still depressed about having an abortion decades earlier.

“I know I’m not going to be the most popular person after tonight,” Miller told her colleagues. “[McGee] said, in the black community, abortions are birth control. That’s true. … I hear family planning — code word for abortion. Why can’t it be a code word for planning your family?

The left is worried that Roe v. Wade will be overturned (and very worried that no one seems to care). If it is, you can bet the left will suddenly discover states rights and champion the 10th Amendment.


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The race is on to see how extended the perinatal period is for termination of the “pregnancy”. Can’t make it in time prior to delivery? Well, the grace period will be X weeks?, months?.. years?… in Conn?

    n.n in reply to alaskabob. | May 1, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Imagine if the viability standard was not applied through political congruence (“=”) to baby but also to granny. Well, they did, and we got planned parent/hood in several Democrat districts, including: Michigan and New York. Perhaps that was the motive for the Whitmer-clinic and Cuomo-#MeToo cover-ups.

    Abortion rites for social, redistributive, clinical, and fair weather causes.

    Roe, Roe, Roe your granny… baby down the river Styx.

    That said, there is no mystery in sex and conception, four choices, and self-defense through reconciliation. The Pro-Choice “ethical” religion denies women and men’s dignity and agency, and progresses human life to negotiable commodities a la slavery.

      Ghostrider in reply to n.n. | May 2, 2022 at 12:43 am

      This madness ends when Democrats get the idea to register a fetus in vivo to vote.

        Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Ghostrider. | May 2, 2022 at 8:33 am

        They’d never do that. Because that would mean democrats (and Planned Parenthood) would have to admit they’ve been wrong all along. That the “products of conception” are an actual human being that has rights. One of which is not to be indiscriminately slaughtered at the whim and for the convenience of the woman. And that is something they will never do. Never.

    George_Kaplan in reply to alaskabob. | May 1, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    The ideal seems to be until the fetus is reliably voting Democrat.

    Ghostrider in reply to alaskabob. | May 2, 2022 at 1:02 am

    There is a better way for these liberal Democrats to have their promiscuous cake and eat it too without the trouble of getting pregnant.

    Just have all free-sex loving, liberal women get spayed (tubal ligation).

Steven Brizel | May 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm

The state that had one of the worst mass school shootings now designated itself as a haven for the killing of developing fetuses When you have no respect for life at its outset don’t expect respect for life as a child adult senior or someone with a terminal illness

chuckschick | May 1, 2022 at 8:51 pm

God is watching us.

    scooterjay in reply to chuckschick. | May 2, 2022 at 9:06 am

    And may He have mercy upon us.
    I fear not, He is with me.

    Revenge is mine sayeth He.

    May they be rewarded according to their work.

henrybowman | May 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm

Well, that’s federalism.
50 independent laboratories to explore good and bad ideas.
If Connecticut wants to promote abortion tourism, I say let ’em.
Nevada promoted prostitution tourism, and the sky hasn’t fallen.
Maybe each state should have an Official State Vice, like they do for birds and flowers.

    gonzotx in reply to henrybowman. | May 1, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Human life isn’t a subject for such comment

      healthguyfsu in reply to gonzotx. | May 1, 2022 at 10:20 pm

      Sorry but I’m in agreement with him. That’s state’s rights.

      I can tell you that the states that want to stand against abortion on demand without a reasonable standard can easily deny licensing to any professional that has performed abortions in a more liberal state.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | May 2, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    If Roe were to be overturned, and that is a very real possibility, then that’s all to the good. It would result in the pre Roe status quo in which each individual State created their own laws regarding abortion. That’s Federalism. That’s a return of power and responsibility to the States from the misguided SCOTUS that arbitrarily decided to take it away and centralize abortion policy at the national level.

    This is altogether a good. Some States will choose a path that is far more tolerant of abortion while others will do the opposite. That’s entirely within the scope of what many on the populist right profess to want; individual States creating policies within their State that reflect the cultural traditions and desires of their electorate.

    Should this occur then take the win. Remember that Roe rests upon the emanations penumbras theory from Griswold. It’s not abortion per say being defended but all the progeny from use of the reasoning in Griswold and Roe to stretch, infer and create out of whole cloth an expansive privacy right. Remove that foundation and many other decisions and precedents allowing all sorts of subsequent mischief are also threatened.

    In sum, this would undermine the ability of an activist judiciary to expand the plain meaning of both constitutional and statutory text to create and engineer their preferred outcome. That’s why the the pushback is so hard.

      I’m in agreement here with Henry and Chief. This is not a federal issue; it’s a state issue unless there is a federal law that explicitly bans abortion. In which case, obviously, the states would have to abide by that.

        Milhouse in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 3, 2022 at 8:51 am

        I can’t see such a federal law passing any time soon, but one should, and I hope one day it will. Unless it becomes unnecessary because all states have already banned it themselves.

        Ironically, Congress has just passed the perfect precedent for such a law, even though it had no need to whatsoever, and it amounted to nothing but theater. I refer to the so-called “Anti-Lynching Act”, a federal ban on something that is not only already illegal everywhere, but doesn’t even happen any more.

        But it was justified as an exercise of the power granted Congress by the 14th Amendment section 5; and the same reasoning would also authorize Congress to pass a federal ban on abortion, whether one is needed by then or not.

      gibbie in reply to CommoChief. | May 2, 2022 at 3:16 pm

      Abortion is child sacrifice. We live in a child-sacrifice culture – adults pursuing their own desires at the expense of children.
      • The Egyptians practiced child sacrifice in that they killed the children of the
      Hebrews (Ex 1:15-22). God sent 10 plagues upon the Egyptians, the last of
      which was the slaying of their firstborn.
      • The Canaanites and the Ammonites practiced child sacrifice to their idol
      Molech. God’s teaching on this is in Lev. 18:21; 20:2-5. God ordered the
      total destruction of the nations which worshiped Molech.
      • Solomon’s wives turned his heart away from Yahweh, and he built a high
      place for Molech. Therefore Yahweh raised up the Edomites against
      Solomon, and tore 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel away from Solomon’s son (1
      Kings 11:4-14).
      • Molech worship revived in the time of Jeremiah, and Yahweh gave
      Jerusalem into the hands of the king of Babylon (Jer 32:28-35). See also
      Psalms 106:34-43.

      If abortion law becomes dependent on states rather than federal, then perhaps God will not destroy the entire country.

        henrybowman in reply to gibbie. | May 3, 2022 at 12:08 am

        Those of you calling for a “national divorce” and “secession” — it’s possible that the engine to achieve that without firing a shot is staring you in the face right now, and you haven’t yet recognized it.

Darwinism at work. Thank you, Connecticut!

Butchers. All of them.

So, Connecticut wants to be an abortion sanctuary state. Is Biden’s HHS Department paying for the expansion of clinics and services?

Isn’t it amazing how quickly Blue States shut down businesses during COVID and refused to open monoclonal antibodies clinics to save lives, but they have the desire and funding to free and expanded services to abort babies?

Nothing says “sanctuary” like ripping an unborn fetus from the womb.

    Milhouse in reply to jolanthe. | May 3, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Well, the original sanctuary cities in the Bible, from which we get the term, were for manslaughterers, so it seems appropriate…

Progressives love to tear babies out and sell their parts. Progressives would tear YOU apart and sell YOUR parts if given half a chance. They disgust me.

E Howard Hunt | May 2, 2022 at 7:33 am

Why not allow plumbers and electricians to also provide this service?

Different countries in Europe have the same differing restrictions and curiously there’s no virtue posturing about it. Sometimes people travel, indeed it’s a film-maker’s opportunity to show ambivalence about what to do about a pregnancy (gets on train, gets off train at last minute, etc.).

It’s the supreme court that gave us the political mess, not abortion.

    gospace in reply to rhhardin. | May 2, 2022 at 11:38 am

    And every one of them is more restrictive than anything the Supreme Court would allow. The one area where liberals don’t want American laws to be interpreted according to what the modern advanced thinking Europeans do.

Lucifer Morningstar | May 2, 2022 at 8:26 am

If signed into law by the governor, it would protect medical personnel who perform abortions in Connecticut from legal action from states where abortion has been restricted or banned. It would also limit the governor’s extradition authority in cases where other states, such as Texas, try to punish Connecticut medical professionals from across state lines.

So I’ll assume that the Full Faith & Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article 4, § 1) does not apply in Connecticut?

Article IV, Section 1: Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Bitterlyclinging | May 2, 2022 at 8:28 am

Connecticut is very likely one of the states where the Democrats perfected the art of the ballot mule and stash house for their ‘Get Out The Vote’ program.
I refer you back to the 20210 gubernatorial election when 72 hours after the polls had closed, with the Republican candidate 8,000 votes ahead, a bag of 10,000 exclusively Democrat ballots was discovered behind the boarded up storefront windows of a building on the city of Bridgeport’s Main Street.

scooterjay | May 2, 2022 at 9:11 am

Yet another mammon that is eating the organs of society.

Cultural rot needs to be excised before the flesh rots.

Technically, I guess, it’s not a “back-alley” abortion i it’s legal — even if it’s performed by some random perv with a coathanger in an actual back-alley.

All good comments on a difficult subject.
Are we separating even more into red and blue states?

Maybe CT should change its state motto to “The Dead Baby State.”