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Connecticut

Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Connecticut allows women eligible for state medical assistance for general health care to obtain public funds for abortion.  Conn. Dep't of Soc. Servs., Conn. Medical Assistance Program, Physician Provider Manual (Aug. 2013) at https://www.ctdssmap.com/CTPortal/Information/Get%20Download%20File/tabid/44/Default.aspx?Filename=ch7_iC_physician_V2.2.pdf&URI=Manuals/ch7_iC_physician_V2.2.pdf. See also Conn. Op. Att'y Gen. No. 1998-022 (Nov. 16, 1998).

A court held that a policy restricting the state medical assistance program from covering medically necessary abortion services except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest violates the Connecticut constitution by providing coverage for other medically necessary services, but not abortion.  Doe v. Maher, 515 A.2d 134 (Conn. Super. Ct. 1986).


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