New Jersey National Organization for Women applauds passage of Reproductive Choice Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2022

New Jersey National Organization for Women applauds passage of Reproductive Choice Act

Codifying Abortion Rights for All New Jerseyans Is Just the First Step to Ensuring Reproductive Justice

National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW-NJ) Praises Legislative Action in S49/A6260, a Bill that Codifies the Constitutional Right to Reproductive Autonomy in New Jersey. NOW-NJ applauds the bill’s strong statement on comprehensive reproductive rights, which includes the decision to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization; and choose to carry a pregnancy, give birth or terminate a pregnancy without restrictions or government interference. Gender equality is inextricably linked to reproductive rights. And at a time when reproductive rights are under attack across the country, New Jersey’s affirmative action will support equality for all women and LGBTQIA+ people who can get pregnant.

One in four women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Sexual abuse, domestic violence, failed birth control, inadequate sex education, and the unintended health consequences posed by pregnancy or fetal abnormality are just a few of the reasons why a pregnancy may be unsuccessful. desired. An unwanted pregnancy can derail the entire trajectory of a person’s future – their dreams, their goals, their education, their career choices, where to live, who to befriend, who to marry and who not to. not leave. Without the ability to control their reproductive cycle, people who are already struggling to make ends meet can face a life of poverty.

Anjali Mehrotra, President of NOW-NJ, said, “This is an important first step and we should celebrate the passage of this legislation. But New Jersey can and should do more to improve access to reproductive health care and eliminate stigma. We must enact more protections for vulnerable and marginalized populations in New Jersey, such as removing barriers to the cost of abortion, ensuring medical abortion remains accessible, and providing access to hormonal contraception without a prescription. doctor. We will continue to work with the legislature to advance reproductive justice in New Jersey. »

The National Organization for Women thanks everyone who has championed and worked on this bill and the reproductive freedom act, from the governor and first lady to the staff, legislators and fierce advocates with whom we have worked in coalition. We especially acknowledge the work of our outgoing Legislative Champions – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Congresswoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and thank them and Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney for their leadership and service to the people of New Jersey.

About the National Organization of New Jersey Women (NOW-NJ)
NOW New Jersey’s goal is to take action through intersectional and anti-racist grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and realize and protect the equal rights of all women. and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
For more information about NOW New Jersey, please visit www.nownj.org.

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