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Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation to protect the right of out-of-state patients to receive abortion care in New Jersey, and to protect the health care professionals providing them on July 1, 2022. (Photo: Office of the Governor).

New Jersey abortion law now prohibits extraditions, assures confidentiality of health records

By David Wildstein, July 01 2022 6:54 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy moved quickly to sign legislation approved by the legislature on Wednesday that protects women from other states who come to New Jersey for a legal abortion by fortifying the safe haven state status.

The two bills moved rapidly through Trenton this week in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“New Jersey will remain a beacon of freedom for every American woman,” said Murphy.

One of the new laws prohibits the state from permitting the extradition of anyone to another state to be prosecute for charges involving the performing of abortion and other forms of reproductive health care.  The other guarantees privacy of medical records for women receiving an abortion and protects licenses for medical professionals providing the service.

Additionally, the new laws forbid the state from cooperating with any interstate investigations related to abortions.

“By bolstering protections against potential repercussions for both health care professionals and patients, we are sending a message to all who seek or provide reproductive health care within our borders that we welcome and support you,” Murphy stated.  “These laws represent our commitment to standing by a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body and will serve to make our state a beacon of freedom to every woman in America.”

The acting attorney general, Matt Platkin, pledged to use “every available tool to continue protecting the right to choose.”

Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) said that the Supreme Court decision “has been the catalyst for continued efforts to enact more robust laws that amplify and defend a woman’s right to choose in New Jersey.”

“Because of the provisions that are being enacted today, the ability to seek out and receive safe and legal reproductive health services will become a guaranteed right for all who wish to access them in our state,” Ruiz said.  “While this does not change the tragic reality for many individuals living in places where reproductive rights have been stripped away, anyone who chooses to come to New Jersey and receive an abortion will be safeguarded from facing criminal charges in their home state.”

The state budget also approved this week includes $45 million for the expansion of family planning and abortion services, along with security enhancements for women’s health clinics.

The primary sponsors of the two bills were State Sens. Nia Gill (D-Montclair), Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) and Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), and Assemblywomen Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Mila Jasey (D-South Orange).

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