Abortion is a normal, safe, and routine medical procedure to end a pregnancy. Abortion is health care. Nearly a fourth of women in America will have an abortion by age 45. Every day, people across the United States make deeply personal decisions about their pregnancies. Those decisions deserve respect.
There are two ways of ending a pregnancy: in-clinic abortion and medication abortion, or abortion by pill. Both are safe, effective, and very common.
Across the country, medication abortion accounts for more than half of all abortions. In Connecticut, advance practice clinicians – like nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants – can provide medication abortion. Although these clinicians work on the frontlines of reproductive health care in their communities, our state’s abortion law prohibits them from providing aspiration abortion to their patients.
What is aspiration abortion?
Aspiration abortion (also called suction abortion) is the most common type of in-clinic abortion. It uses gentle suction to empty the uterus. It’s usually used during the first trimester, or around 13-15 weeks after the last period.
In-clinic abortion is very common, and it’s one of the safest medical procedures you can get.
Connecticut’s abortion regulations specify that only doctors can provide in-clinic abortions. This restriction is medically unnecessary, potentially delaying access time-sensitive, essential abortion care. Research consistently shows that the type of provider has no impact on the outcome or quality of care.
We can expand access to abortion in Connecticut by modernizing and updating our law.