Connecticut sets up hotline, website with information about abortion rights, availability

To quell “confusion and panic” about access to abortion rights in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Connecticut has created a reproductive rights information line to provide information about access to care.

The line — 1-866-CTCHOICE (1-866-282-4642) — and an accompanying website, portal.ct.gov/reproductiverights, were announced by Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday, the day they both went live. The phone line is available weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm Both the hotline and website are bilingual in English and Spanish.

The new resources locate abortion providers, offer a breakdown of abortion rights, give information about paying for an abortion, offer resources about getting transportation help and list community organizations that offer support. The phone line and website do not offer legal advice.

In the news release, Attorney General William Tong described the post-Roe reversal atmosphere as “chaos.”

“Abortion is legal in Connecticut. Despite that, the chaos following the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs has created confusion and panic,” Tong said in the release. “This website and hotline promote access to important information for patients and providers.”

The establishment of the hotline and website are the latest steps the state has taken to protect abortion rights. Connecticut’s “safe harbor” law went into effect on July 1 expanding the right to offer both kinds of abortions — medication and aspiration — to advanced practice clinicians. Before the law, APCs could provide medication abortions but only physicians could do aspirations.

The safe harbor law also protects patients who come to Connecticut from out of state, and protects Connecticut providers, against lawsuits filed by the patients’ states of origin. Connecticut courts will not cooperate with out-of-state investigation of this type and patients and providers can fight investigations begun in other states.

In the news release, Connecticut Department

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South Carolina’s 6-week ban can continue for now, court rules

COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina can continue enforcing its six-week abortion ban after a judge on Tuesday denied a request to temporarily block it amid a legal battle that is now headed to the state Supreme Court.

since the US Supreme Court ended the federal right to the procedure last month, abortion rights advocates in conservative states have turned to state constitutions as they seek to protect abortion access. Action has returned to the state level in wake of the ruling in a Mississippi case that overturned Roe vs. Wade, a case that originated in Dallas County, as courts and legislatures are deluged with legal challenges and new proposals.

Supreme Court ends half-century of abortion rights, overturns Roe v. Wade

Much of the action this week focuses on Indiana, where thousands of people argue the abortion issue surrounded the Indiana statehouse and filled its corridors Monday as lawmakers began consideration of a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state. Vice President Kamala Harris denied the effort during a meeting with Democratic legislators.

Also this week, lawmakers in West Virginia’s Republican majority are hurrying to advance legislation that would ban abortion in the state with few exceptions. The bill bars abortion in almost all cases and makes performing the procedure a felony. Physicians who provide abortions can face three to 10 years in prison.

Harris said during a trip to Indianapolis that the abortion ban proposal reflects a health care crisis in the country. Despite the bill’s abortion ban language, anti-abortion activists lined up before a legislative committee to argue that the bill wasn’t strict enough and lacked enforcement teeth.

Indiana is one of the first Republican-run state legislatures to debate tighter abortion laws following the US Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe vs. Wade.

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