NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — President Joe Biden met virtually with Democratic governors who have moved to protect abortion rights in their states following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont joined New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for the virtual event Friday.

Earlier in the day, Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz issued an open letter to businesses in states that are restricting abortion rights.

“We are writing to any business owner that is disappointed in the stance of their current state,” the letter read in part. “If you are looking to relocate to a state that supports the rights of women and whose actions and laws are unwavering in support of tolerance and inclusivity, Connecticut is for you.”

Connecticut’s first major abortion-related legislation in years, which aims to legally protect providers and patients from other states’ bans on the procedure, took effect Friday.

The legislation was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in late April and signed into law by Lamont in May in response to a Texas law that authorizes lawsuits against clinics, doctors, and others who perform or facilitate a banned abortion, even in another state.

On Thursday, Biden said the Senate should carve out an exception to the 60-vote filibuster to codify abortion rights.  

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” Biden said at a press conference at the NATO summit in Spain.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.