New Jersey Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion rights group, condemned a proposed regulatory change removing some barriers to abortion procedures.
“This was obviously a stealth, backdoor plan which commenced with the election of Governor Murphy to adopt an extreme NY-style abortion law to accede to the demands of his abortion supporters,” NJ Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy said. “Contrary to the NJ Board of Medical Examiners’ false assertions, abortion is not a safe procedure and these proposed rules are sure to place women’s lives and health in danger.”
The state Board of Medical Examiners on Wednesday unanimously voted to proposed removing a rule blocking all medical professionals aside from physicians from performing abortions, meaning advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and certified midwives will be able to perform some abortion procedures.
A 60-day waiting period for public comment will follow.
The new rules would also allow office-based pregnancy terminations past 14 weeks of pregnancy, which had previously been barred.
The rules changes follow recommendations issued by a BME subcommittee empaneled in 2018.
“We applaud the Board for moving to expand access to reproductive health care services, based on its careful consideration and assessment of the medical evidence,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “The Board’s evidence-based modernization of its rules will bring New Jersey into line with states across the country that have already taken action to increase access to quality care.”
Tasy sees it another way.
“Through their actions, the NJ Board of Medical Examiners’ has clearly forfeited their credibility as an independent agency whose paramount responsibility is to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare,” she said. “The rules certainly don’t protect women, but instead protect those who shamefully seek to make a profit off of the bodies of women and the death of innocent children.”
This story was updated at 12:12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.