The NJ Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848) was introduced in the Senate and Assembly on October 8, 2020. The purpose of the bill is to protect and expand access to abortion and contraceptives.
It is a radical abortion bill that places women's lives in jeopardy and is so extreme that it will allow abortions up until birth.
Senate Primary Sponsors are Senator Lorretta Weinberg(D-37) and Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14).
Co-sponsors are: Senators Vin Gopal (D-11), Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Troy Singleton (D-7), Senator Bob Smith (D-17).
The Assembly bill was introduced on October 20th and referred to the Assembly Health Committee.
Assembly Prime Sponsors are as follows:
Asw. Valerie Vanieri Huttle (D-37), Asw. Mila Jasey (D-27), Asm. Raj Mukherji (D-33), Asw. Annette Chaparro (D-33), Asw. Joann Downey (D-11), Asw. Angela McKnight (D-31), Asw. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15), Asw. Annette Quijano (D-20),
Co-sponsors are as follows:
Asw. Yvonne Lopez (D-19). Asm. Herb Conaway (D-7), Asm. Andrew Zwicker (D-16), Asm. Anthony Verelli (D-14), Asm. Joe Danielsen (D-17), Asw. Britnee Timberlake (D-34). Asm. Dan Benson (D-14), William Spearman (D-5). Vince Mazzeo (D-2), Shanique Speight (D-29), Shavonda Sumter (D-35), Gordon Johnson (D-37), Roy Freiman (D-16).
Listed below are some of the provisions in the bill.
Explicitly guarantee, to every individual, the fundamental right to reproductive autonomy, which includes the right to contraception, the right to abortion and the right to carry a pregnancy to term.”
Codifies 1982 NJ Supreme Court Decision, Right to Choose v. Byrne
which protects the right to abortion and exceeds protections established under the U.S. Constitution. The bill will apply to all residents “and those who come to this state” including those who are incarcerated.
All abortions, including late term abortions will be allowed throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Enshrines in law that living babies in the womb capable of feeling pain have no rights at any stage of pregnancy, even if they are viable and at full term.
The bill says “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not
have independent rights under the laws of this state.”
Invalidate existing laws and prohibits the future adoption of all laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, resolutions, policies, standards or parts thereof, that conflict with the provisions of the bill.
Expressly invalidates all rules and regulations promulgated by the NJ Board of Medical Examiners which regulate and apply exclusively to termination of pregnancy. This will also invalidate NJ’s conscience clause which has been in effect since 1974 which protects the right of individuals to refuse to perform or assist in abortion procedures.
Permits non- physicians to perform abortions.
Under the bill, qualified health care professionals licensed under Title 45 can provide abortions services in the state. Defines health care professional as “person who is licensed or otherwise authorized to provide health care services, including, but not limited to a physician, advance practice nurse, physician assistant, certified midwife or certified nurse midwife. “
Exempts prosecution for individuals “terminating or attempting to terminate the individual’s own pregnancy; or acting or failing to act in any manner, with respect to the individual’s own pregnancy, based on the potential or actual impact on the individual’s own health or pregnancy.” It will essentially gut the NJ Safe Haven Infant Protection Act which has saved the lives of 77 precious newborns since its enactment.
The bill “eliminates the requirement that a medicolegal death investigation be conducted in a case where a fetal death occurs without medical attendance.” This language will grant immunity from prosecution for cases, including, but not limited to the Prom Mom, or this recent case in NY,
where infants have been born alive and left to die, or through a deliberate act, are killed, therefore rendering the NJ Safe Haven Infant Protection Act obsolete.
Mandates annual allocation of taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood under Title X in the state budget
Requires all insurance carriers to provide coverage for abortions and expands coverage for contraceptives to a long term (12 month) supply.
Religious employers could request an exclusion if the required coverage conflicts with the religious employer’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices.