State and health care leaders in Connecticut devastated by Roe v. Wade ruling
Gov. Ned Lamont says he's devastated by the Supreme Court's ruling Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, but he says women will always have a safe haven in Connecticut.
Lamont Friday joined women's health care leaders outside Comprehensive Gynecology of Connecticut in Hamden. He says he's disappointed in the high court's decision to ban abortions.
"I got to tell you, it’s going to be the law in Connecticut as long as we're here. And we're going to be welcoming to anybody else that feels like they're not getting a fair shake in Texas or Mississippi or wherever they may be, come to Connecticut exercise your full reproductive choices," said Lamont.
Local doctors say their trust and faith with these women has been violated today.
"We are going to see women die either from continuing an unwanted or dangerous pregnancy or from God forbid self-induced abortions or from the long-term psychiatric and psychosocial ramifications of an unwanted pregnancy," said Dr. Emily Fine with Women’s Health Connecticut.
State leaders say this ruling is only going to hurt women who are the most vulnerable.
"This ruling is cruel and unconscionable because it criminalizes doctors and women seeking critical care," said Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz.
"And now you have Judge Thomas saying this is just the beginning," said Lamont.
This new ruling could mean longer waits at abortion clinics across Connecticut as more patients come from out of state. There is already a backlog.