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Connecticut's "safe harbor" law: Hear from Planned Parenthood, advanced-practice clinicians

Frankie Graziano

A shortage of reproductive health professionals has led to wait times for some services in our state, including in-clinic abortions.

Connecticut's "safe harbor" law expands the scope of care for advanced-practice clinicians to include procedural abortions, and is expected to lessen what is now up to a two-week wait. These clinicians are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and physician's assistants (PAs).

CNM and CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Amanda Skinner told the Connecticut Mirror she expects a "continued surge in patients" in the wake of the Dobbs decision.

This hour, Skinner joins us to discuss the important role advanced-practice clinicians play in reproductive health care. At Planned Parenthood, these clinicians are primary care providers, she explains.

Plus, Loren Fields is an APRN, educator and longtime member of Clinicians in Abortion Care, an arm of the National Abortion Federation. She testified in support of the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, and provides more context for conversations around scope of practice.


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