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Connecticut Abortion Laws

Code Section
19a-600, et seq.

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
The use of any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance or device to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant, with an intention other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus.

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
Pregnant woman’s decision to terminate pregnancy before viability—after viability, only to preserve life or health of pregnant woman

Continuation of pregnancy would result in death or injury to mother; mental and/or physical retardation of child or pregnancy result of rape or incest or unlawful sexual intercourse, but must be performed within first 20 weeks

Felony; maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment 2 to 10 years

24 hour waiting period following written consent and full explanation of procedure; if unmarried and under 18 or mentally ill or incompetent, consent of parent

120 days before procedure unless employed in state or patient of state-licensed M.D. prior to conception or medical emergency

Inside Connecticut Abortion Laws