Connecticut’s governor takes a swipe at Texas abortion ban, urges pro-women businesses to move to the Nutmeg State

Gov. Ned Lamont.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
  • Connecticut governor Ned Lamont posted a video encouraging businesses in states restricting the rights of women to move to Connecticut.
  • Lamont believes his state is a great place for women to come and work because of access to child care and paid leave.
  • The video comes after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation.
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Connecticut governor Ned Lamont bashed Texas' new abortion ban and encouraged business owners in anti-abortion states to move to the New England state.

In a video posted to social media Friday afternoon, Lamont explained why he believed workers, especially women workers, would thrive in his state.

"We're a family-friendly state that respects women," Lamont said. "I know some of you are in states like Texas which are outlawing a woman's right to choose. We have codified, we are protecting a woman's right to choose because that is about respect."

Lamont, using incentives like childcare, public schools with a low coronavirus infection rate, and paid family and medical leave, explained that he believes the "Nutmeg State" is a great place for women to work.

"We don't have oil and natural gas, but we have one of the most productive, best trained, most innovative workforces in the world," Lamont said. "And that starts with the fact that we have more women participating in our workforce than just about anywhere else."

The video comes after a Texas law went into effect that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The law also allows private citizens to sue anyone they suspect is seeking an abortion or anyone who might help a woman obtain one, such as ride-share drivers.

Lamont has actively spoken up against anti-abortion legislation before. In 2019 he also encouraged women-owned businesses from Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri, to move to Connecticut after the states attempted to pass restrictive abortion laws.

So far in 2021, state legislatures have enacted 90 abortion restrictions - a new record since 1973, found the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group that compiles data on reproductive health, Insider reported.

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