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Constitutional amendment on abortion appears doomed

Democrats likely to pull proposal because they lack votes to pass it

By David Wildstein, November 18 2022 9:26 am

A constitutional amendment that would have asked voters to enshrine abortion as a basic human right appears doomed out of the starting gate after Democratic Senate and Assembly leaders have concluded that they don’t have the votes to pass it, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.

Enough Democratic lawmakers in both houses have objected to cause the plan to be pulled.  Democrats also faced obstacles from groups they had hoped would fund the referendum, including Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, who thought the planned constitutional amendment did not go far enough in preserving reproductive rights. But perhaps more importantly, national pro-abortion groups want to spend their money in states that have not already codified Roe v. Wade into law.

The referendum on the November 2023 ballot was expected to boost turnout for Democratic in next year’s legislative elections, when Republicans under a new map have a viable path to win majorities in the Senate and Assembly.

If the legislature doesn’t approve the measure in 2022, it would need a super majority next year to get the referendum on the ballot.

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