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Statements on the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade

By Joey Fox, June 24 2022 10:29 am

As has been anticipated for nearly two months, the U.S. Supreme Court released its 6-3 opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this morning, striking down the constitutional right to abortion that was first established in Roe v. Wade. Here’s what New Jersey politicians are saying.

REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

“This is a dark day for women, a dark day for freedom, and a dark day in the history of our country. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has erased half a century’s worth of progress and legal precedent. 

A world without Roe is a world in which the fundamental right of a person to control their own body is no longer a guarantee. It’s a world in which millions of Americans — especially people of color, the poor, and the working class — will be forced to carry pregnancies and give birth against their will.  

I’m a proud mother. In fact, becoming a mother was the best choice I ever made. And that’s exactly what having a child should be — a choice. For many, it will no longer be a choice. Without the protections afforded by Roe v. Wade, 26 states are now poised to ban abortion entirely. Many of these states have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, especially among women of color. Today, five reactionaries in robes eliminated 36 million Americans’ right to make potentially life-saving medical decisions. 

This decision is only the beginning. To pretend that the conservative project ends with overturning Roe would be to deceive ourselves. Now that the far right has succeeded in setting us back 50 years, they are prepared to set us back centuries. 

The ruling, which eliminates the fundamental right to privacy, threatens other laws based upon that right. It endangers not just the right to abortion, but the right to contraception, the right to love who you love, and the right to marry the person you wish to marry. It is a threat to Americans’ freedom to make basic decisions about their everyday lives.  

The so-called ‘originalists’ who control the Supreme Court and other leaders of the conservative movement believe Americans’ human rights should be limited to those that were protected in the 18th century. I would like to remind them that, according to the Declaration of Independence, we are all entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This decision is a grotesque affront to all three.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“This decision is not conservative, it is radical. I had hoped against hope that the decision wouldn’t be as extreme as the leaked draft. The court is rolling back a constitutional right, out of step with the majority of our country and almost 50 years of legal precedent.

The freedom of women to control their bodies should not hinge on a state line. Women in Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma deserve the same rights as women in New Jersey. With the end of Roe, 28 states will likely take action to prohibit abortion entirely; 13 states already have trigger bans in place. Many of those bans contain no exemptions for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Lives and livelihoods of women across the country are not safe.

We are at a crisis moment in our country. I will continue to stand up against government overreach, defend reproductive freedom, and push my colleagues in the Senate to codify Roe.”

SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ

“After years of crusading, Republicans have succeeded in plunging our nation back to the dark days where women lived without bodily autonomy and access to safe reproductive care. The Supreme Court’s failure to uphold Roe v. Wade is a devastating and disastrous decision that will impact millions of American women and will forever remain a stain on our country’s history.

With today’s decision, the conservative majority on the Court has thrown out nearly 50 years of precedent — jeopardizing long-established progress on civil rights, voting rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. Make no mistake, the justices who struck down Roe have callously turned their backs on women and families all across America. As a result, where a woman lives will now determine her ability to access a full range of reproductive health options. The wealthy, the powerful, and the well-connected will still have access to any and all care they choose. But lower-income women, especially of color, will not. This is more than just a health care issue, this is a human rights issue.

Today, I share your anger and disappointment. I share your frustration and your outrage. Tomorrow, and every day after until full reproductive health care access is fully restored, I stand ready to fight with you.”

REP. BILL PASCRELL

“A woman’s health care must be guided solely by her own decisions in private consultation with her doctor. No judges or politicians should have their hands on a woman’s bodily decisions. For the last 49 years, women in America have enjoyed these rights as settled law and today five unelected judges destroyed that precedent. Their decision will have catastrophic impacts on our nation both immediate and long-term.

This partisan decision will directly endanger the health of millions American women, especially women of color and impoverished women. Already, at least 22 states are finalizing laws to criminalize a woman’s control of her own body. Outcomes that threaten women’s health care and would lead to criminal charges against women and medical providers are unacceptable in a civilized society. But that is precisely what will soon happen.

For decades, Republicans have packed the courts with rightwing ideologues to achieve this outcome today. Terrified to eliminate Roe at the ballot box, Republicans have relied on partisan judges to do it behind closed doors. Republicans have succeeded in their sinister quest and Republicans are the cause of this decision. In lifetime seats, these so-called jurists have done something deeply opposed by most Americans.  Women will die because of what the Supreme Court has done, and our national divisions will badly worsen. The House has already voted to codify Roe into hard law. The Senate should move with urgency and do whatever it takes to pass it. We must never lose our urgency to erase this decision and reverse this dark day in America.”

 REP. DONALD NORCROSS

“The decision by conservative justices on the Supreme Court to allow states to roll back the rights of women is disgraceful. It will harm women across the United States, particularly poor and working-class women, by taking away their most basic human right: the right to control their own bodies. Women’s health care decisions should be made by women in consultation with their doctors.”

REP. FRANK PALLONE

“A fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution has never been taken away before in the history of the United States. Until today.

“Since our founding, we have made steady and deliberate progress toward forming a more perfect union that strives to better represent and empower all its people.

“Losing the fundamental right to abortion is a lurching step backward that will have devastating consequences across the country.

“This is an unprecedented assault on reproductive health care, women’s ability to make their own health care decisions, and the constitutional right to privacy. It also deeply calls into question the Court’s capacity to make reasoned decisions grounded in precedent rather than ideologically motivated jurisprudence. This decision will overturn decades of progress and impose an outdated, extremist ideology long pushed by the radical right but opposed by a majority of Americans.

Today’s decision will harm women, their families, and their futures. It will embolden states and anti-abortion politicians to further restrict access to care and opens the door to the erosion of other fundamental rights.

The Justices who penned this decision should be ashamed. The Senate Republicans who rigged the process to steal seats on the Court should be ashamed. A blight has been cast on the Court as Republicans fulfill their dream of overturning Roe.

The Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Republican obstruction and abuse of the filibuster is not an acceptable excuse for inaction when the fundamental rights of millions hang in the balance.”

REP. TOM MALINOWSKI

“The Supreme Court has made a radical decision to upend 50 years of settled law that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe should remain in place.

This decision now allows states across the country to mandate pregnancies for victims of rape and incest, and to punish women for crossing state lines to seeking necessary health care. In much of the country, women and their doctors will face criminal prosecution for abortion services, in some cases from the moment of conception, and even when a woman’s life is at risk. We will once again be living in a time when women risked their lives to obtain underground abortions.

Fortunately in New Jersey, our legislature passed and Governor Murphy signed a law codifying Roe v. Wade earlier this year. But our daughters, sisters, loved ones and dear friends living, working, and studying in other states will now be at risk. And our law in New Jersey would be eviscerated if a future Republican majority in Congress passes a nationwide abortion ban – which Republicans tried to do repeatedly when they were in the majority before, and have already told us they will try to do again.

That raises the stakes in this election exponentially. I support Roe v. Wade and will do everything in my power to enshrine it into federal law. We must expand the majority in both Houses of Congress willing to do the same.”

ACLU OF NEW JERSEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMOL SINHA

“The decision of when and whether to have a child is a fundamental human right, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade upends core autonomy and privacy rights in many parts of our country. This moment calls for bold action; anything less is unacceptable. We urge lawmakers to immediately take action to ensure New Jersey expands access to abortion for all as nationwide bans loom.”

NJ INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

“Today’s Supreme Court decision isn’t simply an assault on the rights of women across the country; it’s a direct strike against Black women and other women of color.

Reproductive justice is racial justice. Today’s decision will disproportionately devastate our already vulnerable communities, particularly women of color and those who struggle financially.

Already, Black people and other people of color lack equal access to health care, including abortion, prenatal and preventive care. Black women also experience higher rates of infant mortality and pregnancy-related deaths.

Today’s callous decision will only widen these racial disparities.

New Jersey has codified the right to abortion – an important first step. But it’s not enough.

We must expand abortion access by making it affordable for all women, including those ineligible for health insurance.

We must continue to come together to fight for people of color, for women and for our collective human rights and dignity.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE TIM ALEXANDER

“It is a sad day in America. This decision by an extremist faction of justices is unconscionable. The outright rejection of precedent and disregard for the Fourth and Ninth Amendments’ protection of unenumerated rights is appalling. It is not the place of our government to interfere with anyone’s control over their body. This decision will cost women their lives. Congress must take immediate action to protect women’s reproductive rights, and to stave off future attacks on our other rights that are now vulnerable.

Jeff Van Drew claimed he was committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights, and had a voting record to match. Then he switched his stance on protecting reproductive rights along with the letter next to his name on the ballot. In this time of crisis for our constitutional rights, we need a representative we can count on to stand by their values. ”

NEW JERSEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT SEAN SPILLER, VICE PRESIDENT STEVE BEATTY AND SECRETARY-TREASURER PETAL ROBERTSON

“We are angered by the refusal of the Supreme Court to honor and protect the bodily autonomy of women in America. Today’s regressive decision disregards a half century of precedent and moves our nation further away from our founding ideals of personal liberty. This is an affront to the civil rights of every American.

“As the representatives of a profession dominated by women, and as advocates of justice for all people, we are especially concerned for the women most likely to be immediately harmed by this decision. Those women with fewer resources, living in states with regressive legislatures and governors, are in particular danger today and until this despicable decision is overturned.

“We are grateful to live in a state where our governor and Legislature have acted decisively to protect the right of New Jersey residents to access necessary health care, including critical reproductive health care. Because of their foresight and courage, New Jersey remains a safe place for women seeking necessary reproductive health care.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision, though, shows how fragile that right is if it is not fully protected at the federal level. We call on the United States Congress to act swiftly to enshrine reproductive health care rights at the federal level to protect women across America from this egregious invasion of their privacy and medical autonomy.”

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BOB HEALEY

“Today’s decision was expected and, despite the scare tactics my opponent will promote, it changes nothing regarding New Jersey law.  My position on this issue is clear and it is mainstream: I am personally pro-life, while believing that women should have the legal right to an abortion in cases of rape or incest, or if continuing to term could threaten the woman’s life.

The only person in this race with extreme views on abortion is Congressman Andy Kim, who sides with Governor Murphy and other radicals in his party who believe in expanded access to late-term abortions, long after a baby is viable and could live a healthy life outside the womb, and that 15-year-old girls seeking an abortion should not have to notify their parents first.  Those are extreme positions and Andy Kim should have to explain why he holds them.”

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

“No number of leaked draft opinions nor any amount of speculation could have prepared American women for today’s backwards and appalling Supreme Court decision to strip away the Constitutional right to reproductive freedom. While New Jersey planned for this eventuality by codifying a woman’s right to an abortion under state law, it is incumbent that we do more to fully secure reproductive rights and ensure access to reproductive health care without delay. Until we do, my Administration will take the necessary steps to fully protect both New Jersey’s women and those who come to our state to access the freedom which may no longer exist in their home state. In New Jersey, women will always have full autonomy over their own bodies and the right to make their own medical decisions.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ROB MENENDEZ

“While today’s decision by the Supreme Court was expected, it does not dull the disappointment nor concern that I, like so many Americans, have for our country and for the reproductive choices of all Americans. Let’s be extremely clear: the Court’s decision represents the theft of a right that women have had for half a century to bodily autonomy and the right to make decisions about their own lives and futures.“Today’s ruling will not prevent abortions from occurring in states that ban them, but will prevent access to safe abortions by licensed providers. Instead of providing women with greater access to healthcare and reproductive choice, too many women in our country will be forced between carrying a pregnancy to full term or seeking alternatives that put their health at risk. We cannot – and must not – accept that reality for those who live in states with repressive reproductive laws, especially since the decision will disproportionately impact communities of color and those with limited economic means.While in New Jersey Governor Murphy and the Legislature have provided women the security and safety they are owed by codifying the right to choose earlier this year, it is clear that we will need to fight harder than we ever have before to do the same on the national level. The House and Senate must act urgently to pass legislation to ensure that abortions remain accessible to those seeking them across our country- and, if I am fortunate enough to be elected, I pledge to put all my efforts into this fight.In our strive towards a fairer, more equitable future, today’s decision by a conservative, unelected, hypocritical majority of the Supreme Court is a devastating step backwards and one that we cannot – and will not – stand for. I pledge to be in this fight for however long it takes to ensure women once again have the reproductive freedoms they so rightly deserve. We cannot – and will not – accept anything less.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MCCABE

“Today’s decision represents decades of plotting by the right-wing. It is not just bad for women, it’s bad for America. Though the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on women’s health and guns undoubtedly lead our country down a dark path, New Jersey will always fight back. I am thankful for our Democratic leadership and our Democratic led  legislature that took the necessary steps to codify Roe’s protections earlier this year. The Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, signed into law this past January, ensured New Jersey would remain a state that stands with women and ensures they receive the best care possible. Democrats in Middlesex County, and throughout New Jersey, will fight back against this attack on women.”

REP. JOSH GOTTHEIMER 

“While we knew this was coming, it does not make it sting any less. The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.

“This ruling is a horrendous attack on a woman’s right to choose. This is a crisis, and we must act now to protect women’s health care.

“In 2016, I ran for Congress against an anti-choice extremist with the promise that I would fight to defend the right to choose. As your Congressman, I have fought to ensure that every individual can make their own decisions about their health, and I won’t stop now.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch as millions of people’s rights get ripped away.

“I voted to codify Roe v. Wade into law, and it’s time for the Senate to do the same. I will not stop fighting until we guarantee a woman’s right to choose.”

PROTECT OUR CARE CHAIR LESLIE DACH

“Today, the highest court in the land solidified its attack on fundamental human rights. By voting to overturn Roe, the Trump-appointed justices lied to the American people, disregarded the Constitution, and created a health care crisis. This decision will kickstart a wave of laws banning abortion, stripping millions of control of their own bodies and their right to safe access to care.

U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER

“Today the Supreme Court defied nearly a half-century of legal precedent by stripping Americans of one of their most fundamental freedoms: the right to decide what happens to their own body.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade will harm countless Americans, particularly those facing the most unthinkable of circumstances, such as in the case of rape, incest, or if someone’s life is put in danger by forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term. In no uncertain terms, the Supreme Court today told Americans they have no right to make their own healthcare decisions.

“This radical decision is the result of a decades-long assault waged by Republicans to undermine Americans’ constitutional rights. That assault will only accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. More than half of American states are certain or likely to ban abortion with Roe v. Wade overturned; 13 of them already have laws that immediately ban abortion with a decision overturning Roe. And we know that congressional Republicans will move forward with legislation to ban abortion nationwide if given the opportunity.

“Today’s decision must also be the beginning of a new fight. The lives of countless people are now endangered. It is now up to us to deliver on efforts to protect Americans’ most basic and fundamental rights. And we will never give up until the cause of freedom is again won.”

“Every Republican lawmaker who voted for these justices owns this decision, and Americans will hold them accountable. The elected officials who want to ban abortions are the same people who refuse to support the Momnibus legislation, which would combat infant and maternal mortality crisis, oppose Medicaid expansion, which has proven to improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies, and are fighting common sense reforms to lower the cost of health care for working families. We won’t give up the fight until access to safe, quality health care — including reproductive care — is a right for every American.”

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN NEW JERSEY

“National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW–NJ) is outraged by the Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that reverses almost 50 years of protection for abortion based on its decisions from Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood. Though expected, the decision is nevertheless devastating. Abortion rights were hanging by a thread as extremists who have pushed for decades to undo abortion rights seized the opportunity to create a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Today, that thread—that lifeline—has been cut.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling endangers the lives of women and others who can get pregnant across the country, especially those who are low-income, of color from disenfranchised communities. Historically, these communities have faced barriers to reproductive health care and have experienced worse health outcomes because of systemic oppressions in the health care system. Sadly, these barriers and this racial trauma continue in our present-day experience. As clinics close and new restrictions pushing quality, affordable reproductive health care out of reach are voted into law, the burden of access is exacerbated.

“Passage of the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act this past January means that state law will protect those seeking an abortion in New Jersey, and protect the doctors, nurses and professional medical staff that provide services. But as Anjali Mehrotra, President of NOW–NJ, notes, “Women know what’s at stake. This is only the beginning for this Supreme Court. We know they are coming after marriage equality and contraception next. Their attempts to seize control over constitutional rights are boundless. They want legislators to make decisions about our basic rights. We are up to the challenge. We have seen in 2017 and 2018 in New Jersey that women’s political power is huge and it can only grow wider and stronger. We will vote in ever increasing numbers to elect, at every level, legislators that share our values.”

“NOW-NJ members will be active wherever grassroots grow—in our communities, through our state and local chapters, in every election at every level.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CRAIG COUGHLIN

“First and foremost, we are committed to ensuring that access to reproductive health care services remains legal, safe and accessible here in New Jersey.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade with today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, Trump’s conservative majority has undone decades of advocacy and legal precedent to empower state laws that are already taking their toll on countless women and families. Thankfully, New Jersey proactively codified Roe v. Wade in January.

“Standing by reproductive rights and a woman’s right to make decisions for herself, we will carefully evaluate the Court’s decision and any possible impact on New Jersey. We are nevertheless left appalled by this majority of right-wing extremist Justices and wholeheartedly support a woman’s right to choose.”

NEW JERSEY DEMOCRATIC STATE CHAIRMAN LEROY JONES

“This decision is an unprecedented assault on women and their right to control their own bodies and make decisions about their own health care, and it once again proves Republicans’ utter contempt for women in this country. The Republican Party and its agents on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, weakened gun safety laws that are proven to keep communities safe, and have now destroyed 50 years of legal precedent in overturning Roe — all in the service of forcing their extreme conservative agenda on an American public that absolutely does not support it.

“At this tenuous moment in our nation’s history, it’s impossible not to question the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and its ability to serve its constitutional function. Minority rule cannot continue to be imposed on an American society that wants to move forward into a better future, not be pulled backwards by a radical court that is completely out of touch with the will of the people.

“Let’s be clear – this is not just about Roe. This is about Republicans seeking to create a Christian theocracy at all levels of government and upending our democracy. Justice Thomas proved that in his concurring opinion, where he disgustingly signaled that rulings protecting same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage, and the right to contraception should be next on the Court’s chopping block.

“While we can be thankful that the right to an abortion was codified into New Jersey state law last year by Governor Murphy and the Democratic-majority state legislature, millions of women across the country will now face a far different reality. We must collectively rise up against this tide of radical conservatism and vote to defeat every single enabler of this destructive agenda.”

ATLANTIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL SULEIMAN

“Thank God we live in the State of New Jersey where Governor Murphy and legislative leaders codified Roe before this disastrous decision was released. In anti-choice states, however, this decision will cost some women their lives, as they’ll be forced to undergo dangerous, non-medically supervised procedures to end a pregnancy. It is frightening to think this is the United States of America in 2022.
The problem with us Democrats is that sometimes we’re too nice. Mitch McConnell had no problem stealing a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama and then subsequently approving three Supreme Court justices under Donald Trump. We’ve sat idly by while the far-right completely transformed the federal bench into an ultra-reactionary body. As a national party, we need to start fighting back.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANGELA MCKNIGHT

“It’s heartbreaking to see our country moving backwards. Today, millions of women across the country have lost the right to make vital decisions about their bodies and reproductive health. I fear for these women and the state of our democracy as other long-established rights may be stolen away by the Court’s disregard for precedent.

Nobody should tell a woman what to do with her body, especially when it comes to reproductive health. These are deeply personal, difficult decisions that are not made lightly, and it’s shameful that we’re still debating this issue. I’m proud that, earlier this year, we took steps to codify a woman’s right to choose in state law, ensuring New Jersey will always be a place where the right to reproductive freedom is protected.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND OF NJ

“To be clear: abortion is still legal and available in New Jersey. It is your right that is protected in New Jersey state law. If you need abortion care, you can visit AbortionFinder.org to find a provider near you.

The Supreme Court has ended our federal constitutional right to abortion and overturned Roe v. Wade – turning its back on nearly 50 years of precedent. The court has failed us all – especially Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other people of color who are disproportionately harmed by abortion bans due to this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination. This outrageous decision will fuel efforts by state politicians to ban abortion in states across the U.S., forcing people to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles for care, or remain pregnant against their will.

This decision goes against the will of the people: 80% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. This decision won’t stop us. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours.

In New Jersey, our right to abortion is guaranteed by the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, signed into law by Governor Murphy in January of this year. But rights without access are meaningless. There is much more to do in New Jersey to ensure that everyone – regardless of income, insurance coverage, or immigration status – can access the care they need to make their own personal decisions about their bodies and their lives.

That is why we call on our state Legislature to meet the urgency of this moment by passing S2918/A4350 without any delay. This is the time to stand up to these attacks on our bodily autonomy, and ensure that every New Jerseyan can afford to exercise their rights in our state.”

STATE SEN. EDWARD DURR

“Today is a wonderful day for the pro-life community and our efforts to save as many lives as possible.  Unfortunately, Governor Murphy supports allowing abortions up until birth, so we still have much work to do to address this sickening taking of innocent lives here in New Jersey.”

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER LOUIS GREENWALD

“I am saddened and disappointed that the American people are already feeling the consequences of the Supreme Court’s far-right majority. We can see clearly that this conservative court dangerously lacks respect for precedent.

“In the past two days, the Court has denied women throughout the country the individual right to choose and struck down New York’s concealed carry law, a common-sense policy to protect the public from senseless gun violence. These radical decisions undermine our American freedoms and I fear for those across the country who will end the week with fewer rights.

“In New Jersey, we are committed to keeping our communities safe and ensuring our residents’ rights and liberties are not lost. Anticipating the Court’s decision, we codified the right to reproductive choice in state law and are proud to have the strongest gun safety laws in the nation.”

SENATE MINORITY LEADER STEVE OROHO

“The United States Supreme Court has reversed the flawed logic of Roe v. Wade and reasserted the democratic principle that elected state legislatures and the communities they represent should have the opportunity to make their own decisions on abortion without the mandates of an overbearing unelected federal judiciary.  I believe in the sanctity of life. I also believe in medical science. Looking at the laws governing abortion in New Jersey, I believe we should follow the most up-to-date science when determining viability and legislate accordingly. I call on my colleagues from both parties to begin a bipartisan discussion on reforming New Jersey’s laws.”

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TERESA RUIZ, SENATE PRESIDENT PRO-TEMPORE SANDRA CUNNINGHAM, AND SENATE MAJORITY CAUCUS CHAIR NELLIE POU

“There are no words that can capture the profound depth of sadness, disappointment and betrayal that women throughout our country feel today. We cannot and will not go back on a woman’s right to choose and we remain deeply concerned with how this ruling may signal the further erosion of rights related to access to contraceptives and gay marriage.

“In one decision, the Supreme Court has put the health and lives of our daughters, sisters and mothers in jeopardy. New Jersey already put strong protections in place ahead of this decision, and we will take all the necessary steps to safeguard providers and preserve the right to choose here in the state. Everyone deserves the right to access reproductive health care, whether that is in the form of birth control, IVF or abortion. We will continue to fight for the fundamental human right of bodily autonomy for all women. Today our thoughts are with all those living in states poised to ban abortion.”

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

“Today’s decision, which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. It was my great honor to do so! I did not cave to the Radical Left Democrats, their partners in the Fake News Media, or the RINOs who are likewise the true, but silent, enemy of the people. These major Victories prove that even though the Radical Left is doing everything in their power to destroy our Country, your Rights are being protected, the Country is being defended, and there is still hope and time to Save America! I will never stop fighting for the Great People of our Nation.”

REP. JOSH GOTTHEIMER

“Today’s Supreme Court decision devastatingly overturns a woman’s right to choose — in a horrific breach of personal privacy and freedom that puts a woman’s life and health at risk.  We must always oppose any attempt by those in Washington or around the country to roll back the clock and stand between a woman, her doctor, and her faith, when making personal health care decisions. This dangerous ruling ends fifty years of precedent and will have grave widespread consequences.  A vast majority of Americans support upholding a woman’s right to choose. In New Jersey, we protect — and will continue to protect — a woman’s right to choose. In Congress, the House has already voted to codify Roe v Wade and it is high time the Senate does the same.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANGELA MCKNIGHT

“It’s heartbreaking to see our country moving backwards. Today, millions of women across the country have lost the right to make vital decisions about their bodies and reproductive health. I fear for these women and the state of our democracy as other long-established rights may be stolen away by the Court’s disregard for precedent.

“Nobody should tell a woman what to do with her body, especially when it comes to reproductive health. These are deeply personal, difficult decisions that are not made lightly, and it’s shameful that we’re still debating this issue. I’m proud that, earlier this year, we took steps to codify a woman’s right to choose in state law, ensuring New Jersey will always be a place where the right to reproductive freedom is protected.”

REP. DONALD PAYNE, JR.

“This is a tragic day in America.  Today, the Supreme Court has decided that women do not have the right to determine their reproductive health care choices and that state legislatures should have control over women’s bodies.  Clearly, Supreme Court decisions are no longer based on the Constitution nor on legal precedent.  Instead, this is another horrible example of a court that represents the radical right-wing agenda of the modern Republican Party.  These polices are rejected by the overwhelming majority of Americans.  Yet, the Republican Party and radical right are determined to increase their power and eliminate the rights Americans have fought to gain for decades.  Now, women across the country could return to a dark past when access to a safe abortion procedure was difficult or impossible.  I have always been a proud supporter of a woman’s right to choose because I know that we must trust women to make their own health care decisions rather than dictating to them.

“Now, the Senate must stand up for Americans and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.  This legislation would guarantee women the legal right to their own reproductive health choices, including abortions.  If necessary, Senate leaders must abolish the filibuster to allow an up or down vote to be held and establish women’s reproductive rights into federal law.  American women should have the right to determine their health care choices and not state legislatures.  There is no other action that would rise to the urgency of this moment than doing whatever it takes to pass this bill.  The American people depend on Congress to protect their rights.  We must not let them down.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND OF NEW JERSEY VICE PRESIDENT KAITLYN WOJTOWICZ

“To be clear: abortion is still legal and available in New Jersey. It is your right that is protected in New Jersey state law. If you need abortion care, you can visit AbortionFinder.org to find a provider near you.

“The Supreme Court has ended our federal constitutional right to abortion and overturned Roe v. Wade — turning its back on nearly 50 years of precedent. The court has failed us all — especially Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other people of color who are disproportionately harmed by abortion bans due to this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination. This outrageous decision will fuel efforts by state politicians to ban abortion in states across the U.S., forcing people to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles for care, or remain pregnant against their will.

“This decision goes against the will of the people: 80% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. This decision won’t stop us. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours.

“In New Jersey, our right to abortion is guaranteed by the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, signed into law by Governor Murphy in January of this year.  But rights without access are meaningless. There is much more to do in New Jersey to ensure that everyone – regardless of income, insurance coverage, or immigration status – can access the care they need to make their own personal decisions about their bodies and their lives.

“That is why we call on our state Legislature to meet the urgency of this moment by passing S2918/A4350 without any delay. This is the time to stand up to these attacks on our bodily autonomy, and ensure that every New Jerseyan can afford to exercise their rights in our state.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“This decision is not conservative, it is radical. I had hoped against hope that the decision wouldn’t be as extreme as the leaked draft. The court is rolling back a constitutional right, out of step with the majority of our country and almost 50 years of legal precedent.

“The freedom of women to control their bodies should not hinge on a state line. Women in Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma deserve the same rights as women in New Jersey. With the end of Roe, 28 states will likely take action to prohibit abortion entirely; 13 states already have trigger bans in place. Many of those bans contain no exemptions for rape, incest, or the health of the mother. Lives and livelihoods of women across the country are not safe.

“We are at a crisis moment in our country. I will continue to stand up against government overreach, defend reproductive freedom, and push my colleagues in the Senate to codify Roe.”

REP. ANDY KIM

“I never imagined today would come. A day when the rights of Americans are going backwards. The health and lives of many women are in jeopardy by this reckless decision that overturns half a century of precedent. Americans will immediately feel this dangerous change in many states around the nation that will overnight change what health care rights and options women have. And the threat of a nationwide ban and further attacks on birth control makes no one feel safe.  We passed legislation in the House that would stop this and the Senate must find a way to codify the rights of women and families to make their own decisions about their health.”

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FRANK PALLOTTA

“Voters want politicians who will be straight with them and take clear positions. I will never judge someone’s decision or situation. I believe in the sanctity of human life. I also believe in medical science. Advances in modern medical science expanded fetal viability even as politicians like Josh Gottheimer ignored science and pushed for laws that went in the opposite direction and essentially legalized manslaughter. Roe v. Wade was founded on language that was nowhere in the Constitution, and it featured the usurpation of the elected legislatures’ role in determining public policy by the unelected judiciary. We now have the opportunity for real bipartisan reform on the laws that regulate abortion. An opportunity to follow medical science in drafting those reforms.

“Instead of following medical science, Congressman Gottheimer and his allies have pursued a wholly ideological agenda of more and more extreme abortion laws – including partial-birth abortion and abortion for any reason up until the moment of birth.  The Court is right to assert that ‘the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.’ Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed that Roe v. Wade was bad jurisprudence: as a circuit court judge, Ginsburg wrote that: ‘Roe ventured too far in the change it ordered’ – that it would have been ‘more acceptable’ to leave the broader decision up to the states.   Today, the Supreme Court did just that.”

 BLUEWAVENJ PRESIDENT MARCIA MARLEY

“By repealing Roe v. Wade today, the Supreme Court has pushed human rights back 50 years.  This decision is about who controls our bodies, who controls our future, the future of our children and grandchildren and it gives each state control over whether their residents will be able to receive basic reproductive healthcare.”

NJ 11TH FOR HANGE CO-CHAIRS MARA NOVACK AND LESLIE BOCKOL

“The end of Roe v. Wade will have devastating effects on the lives of women across our country.  Our state and federal legislators need to ENACT LAWS NOW to protect people’s rights — and access — to abortion and all other reproductive care. Without that, we have no bodily autonomy and no ability to determine our own futures. We have more work to do in New Jersey to make sure that abortion is not just a right, but is accessible and affordable to all.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF METROPOLITAN NEW JERSEY PRESIDNET ROSLYN ROGERS COLLINS

“The highest court in the ‘land of the free and home of the brave’ issued a ruling today that strips away the rights of millions to make personal decisions about their own bodies. Outrageous.  Whose rights are next?”

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS VICE PRESIDENT DEBBIE MCCCOMBER

“The League of Women Voters believes every US resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control, and the privacy to make reproductive choices. As an ally of reproductive rights organizations, we know that safe access to health care, including abortion, is essential to our democracy.  Democracy depends on equal rights for all people. Losing our right to reproductive choice would open the door to the loss of other freedoms like marriage equality, contraception, and gender-affirming care. The attack we have seen on voting rights is an attack on democracy. The attack on reproductive choice is a continuation of silencing people in this country.”

NEW JERSEY INSTIUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW & POLICY DIRECTR ANDREA MCCHRISTIAN

“Reproductive justice is racial justice. Today’s Supreme Court decision will disproportionately devastate our already vulnerable communities, particularly women of color and those who struggle financially.  Today’s callous decision will only widen the racial disparities that already exist in health care, including abortion, prenatal and preventive care. New Jersey has codified the right to abortion — an important first step — but we must also expand abortion access by making it affordable for all women, including those ineligible for health insurance. We must continue to come together to fight for people of color, for women and for our collective human rights and dignity.”

“Overturning Roe v. Wade will harm countless Americans, particularly those facing the most unthinkable of circumstances, such as in the case of rape, incest, or if someone’s life is put in danger by forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term. In no uncertain terms, the Supreme Court today told Americans they have no right to make their own healthcare decisions,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). “It is now up to us to deliver on efforts to protect Americans’ most basic and fundamental rights. And we will never give up until the cause of freedom is again won.”

NEW JERSEY COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA STATE DIRECTIOR FRAN EHRET

“Today,  with this terrible decision, women’s inherent right to govern their own bodies has been stripped away.  Women’s rights, like those of all people are a union issue. Employers will stop paying for medically necessary abortions as a result of this decision. In this decision, Clarence Thomas opens the door to eliminating the right to contraceptives and in state’s that still allow it, employers wiIl eliminate it from insurance coverage. Clarence Thomas also opens the door to eliminating marriage equality and other LGBTQIA rights. Once again, people who identify as LGBTQIA will be at risk of being fired for how we identify. We must all stand together to fight back against this slow roll towards fascism.”

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