The Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, according to a draft court opinion leaked Monday night. The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, would end the constitutional right to abortion and allow states to further restrict or ban access to this time-sensitive care. In response to the leaked decision, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) releases the following statement calling on lawmakers to promote reproductive freedom by removing barriers to abortion care.
Nicole Rodriguez, Research Director, NJPP:
“The Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade is a denial of human rights and basic freedom. Now it’s up to Congress to codify the right to abortion — and for states to do everything in their power to protect and expand access to this time-sensitive care.
“We are fortunate to have abortion rights codified in state law here in New Jersey, but rights alone are not enough, especially for those for whom health care is too expensive and out-of-reach. State lawmakers should meet this pivotal moment by removing all remaining barriers to abortion so everyone — regardless of their health insurance or income — can access this medical care with dignity.”