Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin has formed a Reproductive Rights Strike Force to initiate civil and criminal enforcement actions to protect access to abortions for residents of New Jersey and other states who travel to the state for a legal abortion.
“Make no mistake: Abortion remains legal in New Jersey,” Platkin said. “The Strike Force we are creating today will ensure that these laws are enforced to the full extent possible, and that we use every available resource to protect access to abortion care in New Jersey.”
The Strike Force will include officials from the state divisions of law, criminal justice, civil rights, and consumer affairs, along with the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and the New Jersey State Police.
According to Platkin, the Strike Force will hold individuals using threats or intimidation to patients or providers at reproductive health care clinics, including those who violate confidentiality obligations. The group will also address data security issues.
“A woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body is a fundamental measure of freedom in a society and it must be protected if we are to uphold the founding principles that all Americans are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said acting Gov. Sheila Oliver.
New Jersey’s Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act codified legal abortion into state law before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.