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STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Advancing Women's Health on the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

After a weekend of Women's March events held around the United States, I joined several of Connecticut's female lawmakers and women's health advocates in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and pledging my support for a package of legislation designed to defend against the ongoing attempts at the federal level to roll back women's access to necessary health services.

2018 Women's March crowd.

I can think of no better way to celebrate the landmark decision that was Roe v. Wade than by building on it, and I am proud to support legislation this session that will protect women's health care. I will work to pass legislation that enshrines the progress made by the Affordable Care Act into Connecticut law, ensuring women in our state do not have their access to care interrupted by changes made in Washington, D.C.

I will work to pass legislation that ensures health insurance plans offered in the state of Connecticut cover the "10 essential benefits" protected by the ACA, which include many of the basic preventative measures as well as medications and other forms of treatment for women and children. We will also protect and expand upon women's access to contraception and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket cost.

Finally, I will work to shed light on "crisis pregnancy centers." Crisis pregnancy centers masquerade as legitimate family planning clinics, while actually providing medically inaccurate, anti-choice information. They target urban neighborhoods and other medically underserved communities where people do not have access to a regular gynecologist.