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Governor Lamont Joins Coalition of 17 Governors Urging Congressional Leaders To Take Immediate Action Protecting Reproductive Rights

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont joined a coalition of 17 governors in calling for the US Congress to take immediate action to protect reproductive rights and access to abortion. In a letter to Congressional leaders, the governors called for Congress to work quickly to pass legislation to codify the rights and protections prescribed in Roe v. Wade.

Specifically, the 17 governors called upon the Senate to pass S.1975, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal and co-sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy. Last year, the House passed its version of the bill (HR 3755) with the support of Connecticut’s entire House delegation.

The letter comes as a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revealed yesterday that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe, a ruling that established a constitutional right Americans have recognized and depended upon for nearly 50 years.

The full text of the letter:

May 3, 2022

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Majority Leader
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader
The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, and Leader McConnell:

We write today to urge you to take immediate action to protect reproductive rights across the nation. In light of disturbing reports regarding a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revealing the US Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade – which has long guaranteed rights Americans have relied upon for almost half a century – it is imperative that Congress acts swiftly to ensure that all Americans continue to have meaningful access to reproductive healthcare and abortion.

Reproductive healthcare decisions are deeply personal and should be made by patients in consultation with their healthcare providers, not by politicians. Despite widespread support for reproductive freedom, in many states across the nation, a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs that reflects draft opinion would immediately limit access to reproductive healthcare and, in some states, could even criminalize abortion, ending constitutional rights that have been recognized for nearly 50 years.

Physicians take an oath to provide medically accurate information to ensure their patients can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and their healthcare, and patients should have the right to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions based on that information. Indeed, the vast majority of Americans agree that these decisions should be in the hands of patients, who can consult with their doctors, families, and faith.

On Sept. 24, 2021, the US House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HR 3755 and S. 1975). The US Senate has announced they will hold a vote on legislation to codify the right to an abortion in law. We, the undersigned governors, call on honorable members of the Senate from both parties to pass this measure and for Congress to immediately take other steps needed to codify the protections prescribed in Roe v. Wade.

The consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade for millions across the nation cannot be overstated. Our collective responsibility to defend access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, has never been more important. Overturning Roe will turn back the clock on reproductive health, and Congress must immediately take action to ensure that our nation does not go backward and that the rights of all Americans to access reproductive healthcare and abortion continue to be protected.

Sincerely,

Tony Evers
Governor of Wisconsin

Gavin Newsom
Governor of California

Jared Polis
Governor of Colorado

Ned Lamont
Governor of Connecticut

JB Pritzker
Governor of Illinois

Governor of Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer

Tim Walz
Governor of Minnesota

Steve Sisolak
Governor of Nevada

Phil Murphy
Governor of New Jersey

Michelle Lujan Grisham
Governor of New Mexico

Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York

Roy Cooper
Governor of North Carolina

Kate Brown
Governor of Oregon

Tom Wolf
Governor of Pennsylvania

Daniel McKee
Governor of Rhode Island

Albert Bryan
Governor of the Virgin Islands

Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington

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