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Bulletin January 9, 2022

NJ Catholic Bishops Urge Action to Avoid Last Minute Attempt to Broaden Abortions Rights

Urge Your Elected State Legislators to Oppose S49/A6260
 
 
Due to the New Jersey Legislature’s inability to advance S3030/A4848 the “Reproductive Freedom Act,” it is now attempting to hasten a replacement version of the bill - - S49/A6260 - - through the legislative process.  If passed, this bill would codify into state law an individual’s “fundamental” right to an abortion, including late-term abortions.

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. 

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