As states continue to navigate the post-Roe legal landscape, Democrats in Connecticut are planning to build on their efforts last year to strengthen abortion protections while Republicans are proposing bills to require parental consent for minors to get an abortion. The overturning of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade last June prompted the Democratically-controlled General Assembly to enact the first major reforms to Connecticut\u2019s abortion law in decades. The legislative Reproductive Rights Caucus, led by U.S. Reps. Matt Blumenthal, D-Stamford, and Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, wants to further protect abortion providers in Connecticut against legal action from other states where abortion is prohibited or severely limited.\u00a0Several states that have moved to restrict abortion have shown a desire to pass laws allowing private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who knowingly \u201caids or abets\u201d an abortion. \u201cThere\u2019s serious concern about medical practitioners here being impacted by out of state actions,\u201d Blumenthal said. This year, the caucus is proposing a bill to protect providers\u2019 malpractice insurance and their licenses against frivolous complaints related to legal reproductive health care performed in Connecticut. The caucus will unveil its full agenda next week, Blumenthal said, which will include bills focused on ensuring access to abortion care including increased funding for programs that provide care reimbursement. That includes increased funding for maternity, labor, and care throughout the state, especially to address racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality rates, he said. A proposal from a group of Democrats to enshrine the right to an abortion in the state constitution is not on the reproductive rights caucus\u2019 agenda. \u201cI have strong confidence right now in our protections for abortion rights in Connecticut,\u201d Blumenthal said. \u201cA constitutional amendment is not in our agenda or priority bills. Obviously, we support the idea that the state constitution does and should include a right to privacy that includes the right to safe, legal abortion.\u201d Several Republican bills introduced this legislative session would require minors to obtain parental consent to get an abortion. The bills would also allow teens to seek court approval in \u201cextraordinary circumstances\u201d where they could not seek parental consent. Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R- Chaplin, a sponsor of several parental consent bills, said the circumstances would have to be extreme for a minor to seek court approval such as facing the threat of abuse if they were to seek parental consent to get an abortion. Dubitsky said he envisions a minor going to a social worker or a police officer or another trusted adult in the community to initiate the judicial process but said those kinds of details are still being worked out. \u201cA kid is not going to just walk into a court room and talk to a judge,\u201d he said. The state\u2019s existing counseling law, which requires minors to be counseled before getting an abortion, is inadequate, Dubitsky said, and no substitute for parental involvement. \u201cChildren, especially young children, do not have the experience and the capacity to make life changing decisions,\u201d he said. \u201cWe don\u2019t let them drive. We don\u2019t let them smoke. We don\u2019t let them drink alcohol. We don\u2019t let them carry guns. We don\u2019t let them sign contracts because they don\u2019t have the facilities to make informed decisions that are appropriate.\u201d Dubitsky has also signed on as co-sponsor of a bill that would require parental consent when a minor undergoes \u201cany medical or mental health service\u201d including terminating a pregnancy.