By Dave Andrusko
Stymied by failure to pass these changes legislative, the rabidly pro-abortion administration of New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy “approved lifting regulations on abortions that barred them from happening in a doctor’s office beyond 14 weeks of pregnancy and allowing as many as 15,000 nurses, physician assistants and midwives to perform the procedure,” according to Dustin Racioppi of the North Jersey News. “The new rules were unanimously approved by the state Board of Medical Examiners and will take effect in the ‘coming months.
New Jersey is among the most pro-abortion states in the country. But pro-abortionists are insistent that Roe v. Wade must be “codified” in the law, in case the 1973 decision should be overturned.
“Once the rules take effect, nearly 12,000 advanced practice nurses, 4,500 physician assistants and 420 midwives could become authorized to perform abortions,” Racioppi explained. “The Reproductive Freedom Act would allow those workers to perform the procedure as well.”
As NRL News Today reported, New Jersey’s abortion rate is second only to the District of Columbia. In addition to allowing abortion without limitation, it allowing non-physicians to perform abortion. Moreover, the Reproductive Freedom Act—S3030/ A4848—requires all New Jersey health insurance companies and policies to cover abortions–with no deductibles, no-co-insurance and no co-payments.
Pro-abortionists are confident the Reproductive Freedom Act will prevail in a lame duck session. Here are two inter-related reasons.
“The measure was the third most lobbied bill in the state in the 2020-2021 legislative session, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission, beat out only by the two budget bills passed during the coronavirus pandemic,” Nieto-Munoz writes. Plus it’s a veritable Who’s Who of the Abortion Lobby. “Of the 10 groups that lobbied for the bill, the majority did so in support, including New Jersey Planned Parenthood, NJ Policy Perspective, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and state and national chapters of ACLU.”
So, while the tiresome shorthand is “codifying Roe,” in truth the New Jersey Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848) goes far beyond that.