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In the ongoing battle to protect reproductive rights and ensure access to essential health care services, House Bill 5424 has become a critical next step for Connecticut. This bill aims to protect providers working at institutions with refusal policies from facing adverse consequences such as dismissal, suspension, or penalties for offering counseling or referrals related to reproductive health services, including contraception, abortion, and gender-affirming care. 

Since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Connecticut's General Assembly Reproductive Rights Caucus has remained steadfast in its commitment to bolstering protections for health care providers and expanding access to abortion. In 2022, the passage of the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act (RFDA) marked a significant milestone in this ongoing effort. The RFDA shields medical providers from adverse actions for providing legal health care to patients who must travel to Connecticut due to restricted access in their home states.

To ensure health care providers know Connecticut has their backs and will protect their ability to provide essential care to their patients, strengthening the protections of the RFDA continued to be a priority for us in 2023. This culminated in the introduction of House Bill 5424, "An Act Prohibiting Adverse Actions Against Health Care Providers for Providing Certain Health Care Services," during the 2024 legislative session. The primary objective of this bill is clear: to ensure that health care providers can deliver medically accurate information, counseling, and necessary care to their patients without fear of disciplinary action.

Fundamentally, health care providers must be able to offer unbiased, medically accurate information to empower patients to make informed decisions about their health. However, institutional refusal policies that allow hospital administrators to impede physicians' ability to provide essential information to patients, poses a threat to the quality of patient care and undermines the principle of medical autonomy.

While hospitals have the right to operate in accordance with their religious beliefs, they do not have the right to discriminate against or discipline providers for offering medically accurate care. House Bill 5424 reaffirms the principle that patients should receive the best possible care regardless of a hospital's religious affiliation. However, H.B. 5424 does not mandate affirmative actions by health care providers; rather, it ensures that providers are not penalized for delivering quality care and accurate information to their patients.

Access to comprehensive and timely health care is a fundamental right that should be upheld without exception. House Bill 5424 presents Connecticut with an opportunity to lead by example and reaffirm its commitment to equitable access to health care. By passing this bill, the state will send a clear message that essential services should never be denied based on institutional objections. As the legislative process unfolds, we want to thank the Public Health Committee for their vote and urge the Connecticut General Assembly to vote favorably on H.B. 5424. Our state's providers and patients deserve nothing less.

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