Of the ten most lobbied bills in the 2020-21 legislative session, only one has yet to receive a committee hearing: the Reproductive Freedom Act, a bill concerning abortion access in New Jersey.
Introduced by a coalition of 11 members of the state Senate and Assembly, among them Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), the act would codify the right to abortion in New Jersey.
“Two-thirds of New Jerseyans support the Reproductive Freedom Act,” said Kaitlyn Wojtowicz of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund of New Jersey, a pro-abortion access group that has pushed for the bill’s passage. “We, our legislative champions, and many allies have been tireless in advocating for expanding access to birth control, prenatal care, and abortion. But the legislative leadership has ignored countless calls to take action despite widespread support for the legislation.”
Eight of the other top ten most lobbied bills have passed at least one house of the legislature, and five have been enacted. The two exceptions thus far have been the Reproductive Freedom Act and a failed bill that would have imposed a tax on Wall Street financial transactions.