Organizers claim that protecting abortion rights in N.J. before the Supreme Court abolishs them now
When activists in New Jersey would require lawmakers to pass a bill that would protect and expand access to abortion and contraceptives in the state after 15 weeks a case that might upend the historic Roe v. Wade rule the legality of a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks a case that would upend the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
If the high court weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade and abortion vs. Wade becomes a state problem. Gov. and lawmakers will assist determine how far New Jersey will go to safeguard abortion access.
Supporters who rallied outside the Statehouse in Trenton came to promote the Reproductive Freedom Act, a bill that has stalled since it was introduced last fall, and to reflect on the apparent possibility that a conservative-leaning court could weaken abortion rights in America.
We at least want to see New Jersey protected, said Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, D-Essex, a sponsor of the bill, "We at least want to see New Jersey protected." "Three generations of American women have never known a world without reproductive freedom.... But now, women face a new and dangerous world.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, D-Passaic, stated that watching the news was "painful last night."
Sumter added, "This is about us being able to respect the decisions we make and have autonomy over our bodies."
The Reproductive Freedom Act (), a bill introduced after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death in September 2020, would enshrine Roe in state law but also expand access in New Jersey. The measure would make contraceptives free, require insurance carriers to cover abortion services, and allow advance practice nurses to perform more abortion services in the first trimester, among other things.
Democratic leaders in the state Legislature refused to post the bill for a hearing in order to avoid a controversy before the Nov. 2 election. With Republicans winning seven seats in the election in an upset, socially moderate, and conservative lawmakers want to engage in a debate.
Sarah Fajardo, the policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, told the gathering that the bill "can't wait."
As other nations restrict access, we have the opportunity in New Jersey to do better, Fajardo stated.
State Senate President, D-Gloucester, stated he supports abortion rights and is "extremely concerned" about what the Supreme Court might do after being asked about the bill later in the day.
However, he stated he must continue to meet with Murphy and the state Assembly Speaker, D-Middlesex, to discuss what the bill should include.
I think there's a lot of worry in the Legislature about the legislation's current version, which is perhaps too much, Sweeney said. We'll have that conversation.
Murphy said the threat to a woman's right to an abortion is not abstract during a virtual gathering with Planned Parenthood on Wednesday. If the Supreme Court defends the restrictions, the Democratic governor warned other states might become national policy.
These restrictions, if they come to fruition, will not affect the lives of every person equally, Murphy explained. For those who have wealth, for those who are privilege and able to travel, the ability to access required medical care may be inconvenienced but will not be completely obstructed.
However, the governor stated, these medieval practices are nothing short of devastating for immigrants, individuals of color, low-income residents, and students.
Your body belongs to you, Murphy said. The choice on whether or not to start a family is yours. Here in New Jersey, we believe the greatest way to support families and develop healthy communities is by not going through medieval and controlling reproductive laws, but by maintaining reproductive freedom and beyond.
During the two-hour oral discussions before the nation's top court, states should decide whether to hold an abortion or not.
Kavanaugh said, "Why should this court be the arbitrator rather than Congress, the state legislatures, state supreme courts, the people being able to solve this?". "There will be various answers in Mississippi and New York, and different answers in Alabama than California."
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This article was written by The Associated Press.
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