NIRH works to pass laws that advance reproductive rights, health, and justice in states across the country.
In recent years, states have increasingly taken action to protect abortion access, as the federal government and regressive states have attacked access. See our annual policy report, Gaining Ground, from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a year-by-year account of the progress that many states have made in introducing, passing, and enacting legislation that proactively advances reproductive rights, health, and justice.
In 2020, we’re working with partners to pass laws that expand access to abortion, contraception, pregnancy related care, and more:
The Reproductive Health Protection Act (HB980/SB733) removes some of the most significant and onerous restrictions on abortion in the commonwealth. The act rolls back medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion, like the mandatory 24-hour waiting period, forced ultrasounds, mandatory biased counseling, and TRAP laws, all aimed at limiting people’s ability access safe and legal abortion care. The act also expands access by allowing patients to receive abortion care from skilled and trained certified nurse practitioners.
Advocates and legislators are working to expand abortion access, remove barriers to care, and ensure healthier and more equitable communities with the the ROE Act (S.1209/H.3320). The Act would enshrine abortion rights in state law, improve access to care for young people, those lacking health insurance, and patients facing lethal fetal diagnoses.
Building off the work that was done in 2019, SB144 is a measure to prevent anti-abortion pregnancy centers from engaging in deceptive advertising.
Senate Bill 395 seeks to address racial disparities in health care access and outcomes in Connecticut by creating a certification process for providers of doula services, as well as a Doula Advisory Council that will, among other things, provide the state with data about the impact found in other states when Medicaid provides coverage for doulas as well as other data regarding doulas, and will create a set of recommendations for to enhance the doula profession.
In his 2020 State of the State address, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated his commitment to codifying “a woman’s full reproductive rights in state law.”