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Public Health Professor Speaks on Roe v. Wade

Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has left millions of Americans in limbo about the future of women’s reproductive rights.

As the first state in the nation to sign reproductive rights legislation, Connecticut protects out-of-state patients and medical providers seeking abortion care — something Deb Risisky, professor of public health, anticipates may lead to an influx of patients across state borders if congress doesn’t intervene.

Deb Risisky, professor of public health and undergraduate coordinator

“Thinking about how we can help people come into our state to get health care, especially those who are underprivileged,” is critical, Risisky said. “We need to work with other states and agencies on the ground to figure out how we get women in need here safely and economically, get them the medical care they need and return them back home.”

Risisky was interviewed by local and national media this weekend for her perspective on protests, staff shortages and ways to identify legitimate abortion funds.

Connecticut could see an influx of patients seeking abortions that are now banned in other states, WFSB Connecticut, June 25, 2022.

‘We won’t go back!’ Protesters rally across Connecticut against court overturning abortion rights, WSHU, June 25, 2022.  

10 Abortion Funds To Donate To Now That Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned, Women’s Health Magazine, June 24, 2022.

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