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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Murphy champions ‘robust’ version of the Reproductive Freedom Act

By Joey Fox, November 22 2021 4:52 pm

As the lame duck session continues to go by with little outward progress on the Reproductive Freedom Act, Gov. Phil Murphy once again committed today to getting the bill passed with as many of its current provisions as possible, including its mandate that abortions be covered by insurance with no out-of-pocket cost for the patient.

“I’m at the end of the spectrum where the more robust, the better on the Reproductive Freedom Act – and that includes insurance,” Murphy said. “To be determined when and how this all works out, but that’s where I have been and where I’ll continue to be.”

While politicians from both sides of the aisle have thrown their support behind the bill’s key provision codifying Roe v. Wade into state law, many have expressed more discomfort with the bill’s other provisions.

One potential compromise, then, may be eliminating such provisions as as easing restrictions on late-term abortions and allowing non-physician medical professionals to perform abortions in certain cases, and focusing instead on the codification of Roe v. Wade – but if Murphy’s comments are any indication, any such compromise is far from finalized.

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