Although S49/A6260 is not called the “Reproductive Freedom Act (RFA),” it does include nearly all the provisions of RFA, including:
- Explicitly guaranteeing to every individual the right to reproductive autonomy, effectively declaring that children in the womb have no rights under New Jersey law. This would allow for abortions at any time and for any reason, up until birth.
- Allowing non-physician healthcare professionals to perform abortion services.
- The potential to force New Jersey’s healthcare workers with moral, religious, or ethical objections to perform or participate in abortions.
- The prohibition of future enactment of laws and regulations that attempt to restrict abortions or do not conform with the provisions and purposes of S49/A6260.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference expects the bill to be scheduled for a vote in both the Senate and General Assembly on Monday January 10, 2022, only four days after being introduced to the Senate for the first time on January 6, 2022.
We urge you to contact your state elected officials immediately and ask them to vote NO on S49/A6260.