Gov. Phil Murphy today picked up the endorsement of Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, a cog in the governor’s strategy to make abortion rights an issue in his re-election campaign against Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
“Like the people of New Jersey, Gov. Murphy is an unabashed champion of reproductive health care and reproductive rights,” said Cory Neering, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey chair. “In the middle of a pandemic, with the rights to abortion and accessible health care under attack at the highest levels of government, now is the time more than ever when we must not only protect but expand access to essential services.”
The group cited Murphy’s restoration of family planning funds eliminated from the state budget by Gov. Chris Christie in 2010, and his replacement of Title X funds that the Trump administration had blocked.
“New Jersey is stronger and fairer when everyone, in every corner of the state, is guaranteed full access to critical family planning and reproductive health care services,” Murphy said. “With the steadfast support of Planned Parenthood, we’ve restored funding and expanded access to affordable, compassionate care for thousands of New Jerseyans, including our most vulnerable.
Murphy and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg had proposed the Reproductive Freedom Act that would codify the state’s abortion laws in the event that a future U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. The measure has not been considered by the legislature.
Following the endorsement, Democratic State Committee Vice Chair Peg Schaffer said that Ciattarelli “would be a disaster who would immediately drag our state backward into a dark era when women didn’t have safe, affordable access to health care.”
“From supporting Chris Christie’s cruel cuts to women’s health care funding to pledging to veto laws that would protect and expand reproductive freedom, Jack Ciattarelli would set women back years,” she said.