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Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver speaks at the signing of the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act on January 13, 2022. (Photo: NJ Globe/YouTube).

Statements on the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act

By David Wildstein, January 13 2022 1:29 pm

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

“In New Jersey, we trust each individual person to make their reproductive choices for themselves.  With Roe v. Wade under attack, today’s historic legislation makes clear that New Jersey’s position in supporting the right to reproductive choice remains protected. Together, with expanding contraception coverage, these two pieces of legislation serve to meaningfully and tangibly increase access to reproductive health care, and ensure that New Jersey residents are now, and will remain, in control of their reproductive choices.”

LT. GOVERNOR SHEILA OLIVER

“Reproductive health and the ability for women to make medical decisions about their own bodies are fundamental rights that should never be taken away. Today, we are codifying those rights into law in New Jersey.  I want to thank the legislators who have championed this bill and Governor Murphy for signing it into law. Women’s rights are human rights and will always be respected and protected in New Jersey.”

SENATE PRESIDENT NICHOLAS SCUTARI

“Enacting the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act into statute will help protect the reproductive rights of women in New Jersey against the potential reversal by the United States Supreme Court. It is rooted in the State Constitution, consistent with decisions by the New Jersey Supreme Court and written to safeguard the fundamental right of women to make their own decisions on reproductive care. We will not allow these rights to be lost to forces outside the state that run counter to the core beliefs of the people of New Jersey, including the principle of equal treatment for women by insurance companies. Coverage for contraceptives should be granted the same level of importance as other prescriptions. These laws enshrine protections and make progress for women in New Jersey.”

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TERESA RUIZ

“Many other medications are available to order long term supplies to ensure individuals are able to take them without interruption. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always willing to cover a 12-month supply of birth control.  There is no reason contraceptives should not be granted the same level of importance as other prescriptions. This law will ensure residents are able to get their medication in a manner that is conducive to their schedule.”

FORMER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LORETTA WEINBERG

“With a woman’s right to choose under Roe v. Wade under attack in the U.S. Supreme Court, it is critical that we have enacted legislation rooted in the New Jersey Constitution that clearly and unequivocally protects freedom of reproductive choice, including the right to access contraception, the right to terminate a pregnancy, and the right to carry a pregnancy to term,”

FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT STEVE SWEENEY

“January 22nd is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With the enactment of S49 into law,  the Legislature and the Governor are sending a clear message to the nation that in New Jersey, a woman’s right to choose is, and will remain, a fundamental right,” said former Senate President Steve Sweeney, a prime sponsor of the bill. “I was proud to join Senator Weinberg in fighting to ensure that the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act would become law.”

STATE SEN. LINDA GREENSTEIN

“The Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act is a comprehensive bill that guarantees women will continue to have the right to make their own personal decisions on their reproductive care, regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules.”

STATE SEN. VIN GOPAL

“A person’s right of reproductive choice, in effect a right of control over one’s own body, remains a fundamental right enshrined in our Constitution. This law, the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, will protect this basic freedom under New Jersey statute and ensure individual choice on when and whether to have children in a time and place that is compatible with their lifestyles and beliefs. Self-determination is one of the founding principles of this state and this nation. That principle should and must extend to any person in New Jersey regarding reproductive rights.”

ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RAJ MUKHERJI, ASSEMBLYWOMAN MILA JASEY, AND FORMER ASSEMBLYWOMAN VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

“Everyone has the right to reproductive choice, yet there have been far too many attempts throughout our country to control the decisions a person can make in that regard. Legal challenges to the reproductive rights of Americans, which have steadily increased in recent years, threaten to limit access to family planning services. This act will promote the health and well-being of the people in our state while showing the country that New Jersey stands for compassion, dignity and freedom,”

STATE SEN. SHIRLEY TURNER

“With a woman’s right to safely choose to end an unwanted pregnancy now being threatened, we must counter that threat by putting the policies in place that help to protect the health of women,” said Senator Shirley Turner.  “This law will make it easier for women to access contraceptives to prevent pregnancy from happening in the first place, which is one of the best ways to help women maintain control over their own bodies and their lives.”

FIRST LADY TAMMY MURPHY

“Today’s historic legislation affirms the dignity and bodily autonomy of every New Jerseyan.  Further, expanding access to and affordability of reproductive health care, including contraception, is an essential part of our efforts to solve our state’s maternal health crisis. I am incredibly proud to see New Jersey take this important step forward.”

COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH JUDY PERSICHILLI

“Access to reproductive health care and a woman’s right to choose are fundamental rights in New Jersey.  Now more than ever, the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act is crucial.”

ACLU-NJ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMOL SINHA

“With Governor Murphy’s signature today, New Jersey reaffirmed and protected the right to abortion.  “In light of ongoing attacks on reproductive rights across the country, codifying a declaration of strong, unwavering rights is crucial. However, far too many New Jerseyans remain unable to access this fundamental right. We urge our state’s leaders, through legislation and regulatory action, to not only affirm reproductive freedom, but make it truly accessible by lifting financial barriers to ensure we do not leave any communities behind.” 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND PRESIDENT ALEXIS MCGILL

“Today is a historic day for reproductive health in the Garden State.  By ensuring that reproductive health decisions — about birth control, abortion, and pregnancy — are protected in state law, New Jersey has taken an important step forward for reproductive freedom. We are grateful for the constant advocacy by the governor, legislative champions, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, the Thrive New Jersey Coalition, and more to ensure the state met the moment and secured access to essential health care in the state. At a time when access to reproductive health care is under attack across the country, New Jersey has shown what it means to stand up for its residents. Planned Parenthood is eager to continue working to ensure that abortion is not only a right, but accessible for all New Jerseyans, regardless of their immigration status, insurance coverage, or income.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND OF NEW JERSEY VICE PRESIDENT KAITLYN WOJTOWICZ

“Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey applauds the strong declaration of reproductive rights in S49/A6260, as well as the expansion of birth control access through S413/A4698.   This new legislation ensures decisions about contraception, abortion, and carrying a pregnancy to term are protected in state statute. This is a day of celebration in New Jersey. The work is far from over, and we look forward to continuing our advocacy alongside Governor Murphy to ensure that every New Jerseyan can access the reproductive health care they need.”

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN OF NEW JEREY PRESIDNET ANJALI MEHROTRA

“If we are to achieve equality of the sexes, we must trust women and allow them to control their reproductive cycles without governmental interference.  Access to comprehensive reproductive health care allows women to plan out their lives, enabling them to pursue education and career opportunities, which leads to increased workforce attachment and wages over time. The codification of the right to abortion in statute is good for women, it is good for families, it is good for business, it is good for New Jersey.”

NEW JERSEY POLICY PERSPECTVE SENIOR POLICY ANALYST SHEILA REYNERTSON

“Abortion care is just as much about economic justice as it is about reproductive freedom.  The reality is that, for far too many families, carrying an unplanned pregnancy can have devastating financial consequences. One’s future plans are put at risk, like going to college or building a career. It’s no surprise that those who cannot access this time-sensitive care are more likely to live in poverty, raise children alone, and struggle to afford basic needs. We thank Governor Murphy and the bill sponsors for taking a stand in support of reproductive autonomy, and we look forward to working with the administration on ways to improve access to abortion care for all.”

BLUE WAVE NEW JERSEY PRESIDENT MARCIA MARLEY

“BlueWaveNJ celebrates New Jersey’s passage of the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act.  It is a strong statement guaranteeing the full range of reproductive rights, including abortion, passed at a time when other states are eliminating or threatening these rights.  We are deeply grateful to Governor Murphy, his staff, and legislators –particularly Senator Loretta Weinberg– for their tenacity in the negotiations.  Does this bill have everything New Jersey needs?  No, but it represents an important and essential foundation we can build on. BlueWaveNJ looks forward to continuing to work with the administration and the legislature to ensure that everyone in our state can access and afford all reproductive services.”

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