AG Tong joins effort to overturn Texas' new restrictive abortion law
Connecticut is more than 1,000 miles away from Texas, but Attorney General William Tong is trying overturn Texas' restrictive new abortion law banning the procedure around six weeks after conception, which is before many women even know they're pregnant.
"It's hard not to get emotional about this," he says. "We are going to fight everywhere we can to protect a woman's right to choose."
The U.S. Justice Department is challenging the Texas law. Connecticut and 23 other states are joining the effort, calling the rules a "lawless abortion ban."
Anyone who helps someone get an abortion in Texas will also be penalized under the law.
"Under the law, people who help or intend to help someone get an abortion after six weeks could be sued by anyone -- their neighbor, distant relative, an abusive partner, or even a stranger from another state," says Gretchen Raffa, of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
Abortion access is guaranteed by law in Connecticut. Last year, the state banned so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" from making "deceptive claims."
Anti-abortion groups accuse Tong of wasting taxpayers' money.
"It's not the role of Connecticut to impose on Texas what its laws should be. Just as people here in Connecticut would not like it if the pro-lifers of Texas were to impose a pro-life law on pro-abortion Connecticut," says Peter Wolfgang, of the Family Institute of Connecticut.
That's exactly what some fear as more abortion laws head to the Supreme Court.