Pro-Choice Activists Call Session A Win For Teen Health And Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2012

NEW HAVEN, CT — Christian Miron, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s House vote on H.B.5514 and the conclusion of the legislative session.

"The anti-choice politicians failed in their efforts to have the legislature consider a divisive bill that could jeopardize teen’s health and safety,” Miron said. "Everyone hopes for open, honest communication between daughters and parents, however, is government intrusion into a family is not the best way to achieve this goal.”

During the final days of session, H.B.5514, a public health bill, was targeted for a parental involvement-amendment. "Anti-choice lawmakers, particularly Rep. T.R. Rowe (R), used every opportunity this legislative session to sneak burdensome restrictions on reproductive health,” Miron said. "Our legislative allies outmaneuvered him and the pro-choice majority of Connecticut came out in force.”

In the past three days, over 500 of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut’s member-activists urged their representatives to vote against any parental-involvement mandate. "Our members believe what many of us already know:politicians cannot mandate healthy family communication where it does not exist,” said Miron.

Miron singled out Speaker of the House Chris Donovan (D) and Rep. Elizabeth Ritter (D) for their leadership. "In a state with many strong pro-choice voices, we are fortunate to have legislators with unwavering commitment to protecting a woman’s right to choose like Speaker Donovan and Rep. Ritter,” said Miron. "As the clock was winding down on the session, they stood up for teen safety and delivered.”

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NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut is the leading grassroots pro‑choice advocacy organization in Connecticut. NARAL Pro‑Choice Connecticut works to protect every woman’s right to access the full range of reproductive health options, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.