As Connecticut legislators gear up for the beginning of the 2018 session, feminine lawmakers on Monday outlined plans to introduce a number of bills focused at defending women’s health providers.
The 5 state legislators have been joined by native advocates as they made their announcement on the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade choice legalizing abortion nationwide. They confused a necessity to deal with health disparities amongst women and shield advantages presently offered beneath the Affordable Care Act.
State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire; Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven; Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, D-Fairfield; Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford; and Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Killingly, attended the press convention. They stated state Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, can also be supporting the measures.
Flexer stated legislators additionally will deal with preventative health care measures and a “truth-in-advertising standard” to make sure women don’t get misleading recommendation when accessing providers at particular clinics.
“We’re going to make sure that in Connecticut women will be able to maintain the health care benefits that they deserve, regardless of what the failed leadership in Washington, D.C., decides to do,” Flexer stated.
The legislators plan to introduce a invoice that will guarantee state health insurance policy embrace advantages like outpatient care, prenatal care, ongoing care for youngsters, prescription medicines, lab checks, and psychological health and substance abuse dysfunction providers amongst others.
That measure will be coupled with one other aimed at defending women’s entry to contraception and different preventative health providers. The proposed laws would come with 12-month prescription protection for contraception and emergency contraception with no co-pay.
Porter referred to as the shortage of choices out there to women of shade disheartening and stated there must be a rise in intercourse schooling and contraceptive accessibility.
“And in doing that not only do we empower black women and girls with the authority to choose what happens over their bodies and to choose when they decide to have kids and … start families, we also empower them to bring themselves out of poverty,” Porter stated.
An further invoice will concentrate on what the legislators referred to as “crisis pregnancy centers,” which they stated try and pose as household planning clinics whereas offering medically inaccurate, anti-choice info.
The lawmakers additionally stated they have been dedicated to establishing extra parity within the legislature by getting extra women on the poll.
“I think I can safely say every single one of us is actively engaged in getting more women on the ballot for the legislature this year — so that next year when we’re here, we’re going to have four times as many women standing at this press conference,” Flexer stated.