Both houses of the Legislature today passed S49/A6260, codifying the constitutional right to reproductive autonomy, which includes the right to contraception, abortion, and to carry a pregnancy to term for everyone present in New Jersey. In response, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) released the following statement.
Sheila Reynertson, Senior Policy Analyst, NJPP:
“With reproductive autonomy and rights on the line in the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey just sent a clear message to the country that our state values the protection of abortion rights.
“More meaningful reform is needed, though, so that everyone has access to this time-sensitive care, regardless of their income or immigration status.
“The reality is that, ever since Roe v. Wade was decided, abortion care has been out of reach for far too many people in New Jersey. Those without any insurance or with inadequate insurance still need help paying for a procedure they might not be able to afford, including travel costs or covering high co-pays.
“We look forward to working with the administration to improve access and equity in reproductive health care in ways that uphold abortion rights — and improve the autonomy, well-being, and economic security — of everyone facing an unplanned pregnancy.”