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On 50th Anniversary, Some Connecticut Lawmakers Continue Push to Broaden Access to Abortion

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz with Liz Gustafson state director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut and Gretchen Raffa, vice president for public policy, advocacy and organizing for Planned Parenthood. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford) said Monday that there’s ‘sadness, there’s disappointment, but I think most of all, there’s anger.’

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Advocates and Democratic state officials gathered under the state Capitol’s rotunda Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and to announce their commitment to redoubling efforts to broaden access to abortion care in the absence of the landmark legal decision.

The event was the first commemoration of the 1973 court decision, which had previously made abortion legal nationwide, since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ruling last year. Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, a West Hartford Democrat who co-chairs the Reproductive Rights Caucus, said it was an emotional anniversary.

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