Ganim Calls For State Constitutional Amendment To Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights

 News release from Ganim for governor:

Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Ganim today said the state of Connecticut should do everything possible to preserve women’s access to reproductive health care, including amending the State Constitution to guarantee women the right to choose.

With the appointment of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the recently retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, there is a real threat that a majority to uphold the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade guaranteeing a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy could be in jeopardy. A state constitutional amendment in Connecticut would guarantee reproductive rights and freedom of choice for all women in Connecticut. Ganim also called on the state to do everything possible to preserve access and funding to women’s reproductive health care, especially for vulnerable populations in urban areas. “Reproductive rights are under siege all over this country, and we in Connecticut cannot let a narrow minded administration in Washington, D.C. threaten nearly 50 years of progress and legal precedent that women have the right to choose what happens inside their own bodies,” said Mayor Ganim. “A Ganim administration will draw a line in the sand and fight for all women. We need to fight federal gag orders on women’s health clinics, and fight for the necessary funding so that vulnerable populations of women such as those in low income families in our urban areas–the people I fight for every day–have access to medical clinics and full reproductive health services. Even though we have strong statutes preserving reproductive rights, laws can change and we should be prepared to put that language into our state constitution so these rights can never be under threat in our state. It is scary that we even have to propose such a thing, but these are the times we are living in.”

Nine states have passed similar constitutional amendments including Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey and New Mexico, while the Maryland legislature is considering such a step. Meanwhile, Alabama and Mississippi voters will be facing ballot initiatives this fall affirming that those states’ constitutions do not guarantee a right to terminate a pregnancy. A constitutional amendment can be placed on the ballot for voters to ratify in Connecticut if it receives the support of at least 75% of legislators in both houses of the General Assembly in one year, or a bare majority in two successive years.



  1. Catch any train moving in the right direction, with the opportunity to pick up some additional votes. Why hasn’t Joe been more supportive of education for the children of those women whose reproductive rights he supports today?

    Opportunity knocking, so to speak? Where has Joe been once the children are residents of Bridgeport?

    And in the meantime where has Ganim’s steady moral influence been when top appointees to his cabinet get involved in relationships that put their marriage and the City in jeopardy. This is the “me too” era, and there’s plenty to manage locally, Joe. Did you know? Time will tell.

  2. Is there such a thing as a father’s choice? What about the father who wants the child, and the woman doesn’t? Should she be force to carry his child and give it to him after birth? Or what if the father doesn’t want her to keep the child? Should he be financial responsible for the child? That being said,I am pro-choice and ultimately believe the woman has the final say. We have laws where we prosecuted people for killing an unborn child. So clearly we consider killing an unborn child as a crime. I don’t have a problem with a woman’s choice. I do think she should make it before a fully human is developed in her. 16 weeks, in my opinion, more then enough time to decide what you want to do. Any time after that should be because for the health of the mother, or a crime.

  3. Pro lifers want to save the babies but once they are born they don’t want to feed them especially those who are poor and they have no problem in killing people with the death penalty, how is that pro life?

    1. I believed the Pope came out and said the death penalty is wrong, I don’t think it’s just about feeding them. “if you give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” ~ Lao Tsu

  4. It is sadly amusing how liberals have relabeled aborting a pregnancy to ‘reproductive health care’.

    To JML’s point, Ganim will not support funds for Bridgeport Public Schools, but he is taking a stand for the females to have an abortion.

    1. *** Its amazing to see how men feel they need to tell women what’s better for them when it comes to their personal body’s & pregnancy. Regardless of the personal circumstances, medical out-comes, etc… Maybe that choice should be left to women since its them who give birth not men! Remember opinions are like butt-holes, everybody’s got one! Women’s reproduction issues should be left to women, not politics or religion or men’s opinions, no? ***


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