New Jersey passes radically pro-abortion “Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act”

By Dave Andrusko

Billed as a “scaled back” version of the original proposal, the New Jersey legislature on Monday passed the  “Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act” by a vote of 46 to 22 in the General Assembly and the state Senate by a vote of 23 to 15. 

“A bill to codify a woman’s right to choose into state law and expand access to reproductive health care for all just passed both houses of the Legislature,” Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I will sign this bill into law this week. With Roe v. Wade under attack, the need for this bill is more urgent than ever.”

Bill S49/A6260  was introduced January 6 as the lame duck session was approaching a conclusion.

Not only does the bill affirm “the fundamental right of reproductive autonomy,” while not requiring  health insurers to cover abortions at no cost out of pocket, it does “allow for the possibility of the state to require insurers to cover abortions if the Department of Banking and Insurance deems it necessary,” according to Dustin Racioppi.

The bill also allows “all qualified health care professionals” to perform abortions. That includes advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives and certified midwives.

Furthermore, under the guise of “protecting abortion rights,” the bill “explicitly guarantee to every individual present in the state, including but not limited to, an individual who is under state control or supervision to have the fundamental right to reproductive autonomy, which includes the right to contraception, the right to terminate a pregnancy, and the right to carry a pregnancy to term.” Translated, “Protect abortion rights” means abortion on demand.

The bill’s language is deliberately broad. Because there are no gestational limits cited anywhere in the bill, this new statute allow abortions at any point in pregnancy.