Connecticut Enacts Law Permitting Abortions by Non-Physicians

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill into law that permits a larger class of non-physicians to perform abortions in the state. The new law also protects abortion providers from criminal or civil liability for violating other state’s pro-life laws.

The new law serves as a stark reminder that while many states are acting to protect unborn life at the prospect of the Supreme Court repealing Roe v. Wade, other states are working to enshrine abortion access.

The law permits advanced practice registered nurses, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants to engage in first-trimester aspiration abortions and to prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

The law also prohibits the governor from extraditing state residents for violating laws in other states if their alleged criminal acts are not also deemed illegal in Connecticut. It also allows abortion providers in the state to counter-sue anyone who sues them from out of state.

The governor and supporters of the law consider it a measure to make Connecticut an “abortion sanctuary state” in the event that Roe is indeed overturned.

Lamont said in a signing statement that he is “very appreciative” of the state lawmakers who drafted and passed the legislation as “legal abortion in America is in jeopardy.” He added that as long as he is governor, Connecticut will “never waiver on the right to choose.”

In reference to how a reversal of Roe would allow individual states to regulate or ban abortions, he said, “That’s not going to happen in the state of Connecticut.”

Pro-life advocates have argued that the law allowing a variety of non-physicians to perform abortions has the combined effect of increasing the number of unborn children killed before birth and exposing mothers to additional health risks.

An example of the dangers that mothers face when abortions are performed by less trained and experienced persons is shown in the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient when he allowed non-physician employees to administer anesthesia and participate in abortions.

Abortions carry significant medical risks even when they are performed by licensed physicians. Leading abortion industry providers have records of adverse health effects resulting from procedures they consider routine.