New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has vowed to sign a bill passed by the state legislature that will expand a right to abortion at any time during pregnancy, even until the moment of birth.
“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,” Murphy tweeted Monday. “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.”
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.
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.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 10, 2022
“It was a surprising flexing of liberal muscle at a time when Garden State Democrats seemed to be beating a retreat back to the safe middle following November’s scare at the polls,” wrote Charles Stile at NorthJersey.com about the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act.
“But the final result wasn’t fueled by ideology — but by fear of a national embarrassment,” he added. “If blue, historically pro-choice New Jersey couldn’t mobilize behind abortion rights, then who would?”
Stile observed as well the vote revealed a Republican caucus “that has swung firmly to the right on the issue” of abortion:
Most Republicans either voted against the measure or abstained, with some citing some of the other expansive provisions. But in the end, they voted against an overall stronger degree of support for a woman’s right to choose, moving the GOP further away from its moderate, pro-choice heritage and the likes of former governors Thomas H. Kean and Christine Todd Whitman. Kean’s son, Thomas H. Kean Jr., who is running for Congress this year, voted against the measure.
The bill, which passed by a vote of 46-22 in the General Assembly following passage in the state Senate by a vote of 23-15, reads:
The New Jersey Constitution recognizes the fundamental nature of the right to reproductive choice, including the right to access contraception, to terminate a pregnancy, and to carry a pregnancy to term, shall not be abridged by any law, rule, regulation, ordinance, or order issued by any State, county, or local governmental authority. Any law, rule, regulation, ordinance, or order, in effect on or adopted after the effective date of this act, that is determined to have the effect of limiting the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice and that does not conform with the provisions and the express or implied purposes of this act, shall be deemed invalid and shall have no force or effect.
According to an analysis of the bill by New Jersey Right to Life (NJRTL), the legislation does not actually “codify” a right to abortion into state law, but allows “a robust expansion of abortion.”
“There are many unintended consequences with this bill and it is written so poorly that it is open to interpretation,” the pro-life organization said, adding:
Language in the bill says, “The Legislature is committed to ensuring that no barriers to reproductive freedom exist in the State.”
The bill … seeks to add a new statute under Title 10:7-1 et seq. under the Civil Rights Statute and allows a Civil Rights Lawsuit to be filed if any of the provisions of the law are impeded or interfered with. It should be noted that nowhere in the U.S. Constitution or State Constitution does this so-called right exist. These were interpretations made by our activist Supreme Court.
— NJ Right to Life (@NJRTL) January 11, 2022
NJRTL noted the measure “takes a very narrow, negative ideological view of pregnancy and motherhood that implies that women need abortion in order to be successful,” the socioeconomic narrative the abortion industry has been using to justify itself since the U.S. Supreme Court invented a right to abortion in 1973.
The group continued how the measure will legalize abortion at any time during pregnancy, even at the moment of birth:
Because of the broad wording in this bill and the fact that there are no gestational limits anywhere in the bill, this new statute will allow abortions at any point in pregnancy, even if the baby is viable or full term. This will apply to any individual who is present in the state, including non-residents, as well as those who are incarcerated and minor girls in custody or other government programs controlled by the state.
The pro-life organization observed the bill’s language also “seeks to prevent the passage of any new pro-life laws like parental notification, bans on late-term abortion, and even those upheld as constitutionally valid by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Stile also noted the bill’s language “is significant.”
Pro-life leaders protested a radical NJ abortion bill that would allow abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy. https://t.co/5Ax9PDvfrT
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 7, 2020
“It does not set any time restrictions on when an abortion can be performed, exceeding the constitutional protections provided by the Roe ruling,” he observed.
Additionally, NJRTL emphasized “the Act leaves the door open for a future bill to allow abortion coverage to be mandated in all health insurance plans by authorizing a study by the Dept of Banking and Insurance to adopt through regulation policies to provide such coverage.”
“It includes an exclusion for a religious employer as long as they provide notice to covered persons and prospective covered persons and seek permission from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance,” the group observed.
Ironically, the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) called the legislation only “a great first step.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy gestures to supporters as he arrives to give a victory speech at Grand Arcade at the Pavilion on November 3, 2021 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
“This is a great first step and we should celebrate the passage of this legislation,” NOW-NJ President Anjali Mehrotra said, according to Newsweek.
“But New Jersey can and must do more to improve access to reproductive health care and remove stigma.”
The New Jersey measure passed as a desperate abortion industry finished out 2021 with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling the Texas Heartbeat Act may remain in effect while challenges against it continue, and agreeing to decide if state laws banning most abortions are unconstitutional, via a challenge to a Mississippi statute restricting abortions.
ABC’s Hostin: Republicans Are Treating Biden Like a Black President
ABC legal analyst Sunny Hostin said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that Republicans treated President Joe Biden like a black president.
Hostin said, “There are things that he has not gotten credit for, like he’s inherited this pandemic from the Trump administration. It was badly handled. He was able to pass a 1.9 trillion dollar relief package which a majority of Republicans voted against. That’s something that he gets credit for. I think he also gets credit for his incredibly diverse judicial nominations. I think there has been about 41 federal judges. Those are lifetime appointments.”
She continued, “I think where he hasn’t done well is basically delivering federal policy in favor of the people who put him in the White House, and that is communities of color. We didn’t see any movement on voting rights. We didn’t see any movement in police reform.”
Hostin added, “The infrastructure was a leaning-into white independence, and I think it was a leaning into white moderates, but the bottom line is, those aren’t the folks who really took him over the finish line. That is not the Democratic base. No Democratic president has made it into the White House without the support of the black community. The black community now, voters 50 and over that are registered, there’s been a 36-point drop in the net approval. What I took away was he said something like I had no idea that my Republican friends would do this. Well, he’s governing like it’s the 1990s. It’s 2022. He sat for eight years next to a black president yet didn’t think he would be treated like one, and that is what he is being treated like.”
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Behar: ‘Dense’ Biden Thought Other White Privileged Senators Would Work with Him
Joy Behar told her co-hosts Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden was “dense” for thinking his fellow “white privileged” senators would work with him.
Whoopi Goldberg said, “Part of the problem for Joe is none of us, none of us ever anticipated we would be sitting in front of senators and congresspeople who are denying the fact that someone won an election. I never saw that before. I don’t think it occurred to him that would ever be Republicans who would go that far to say this was a lie. I think a lot of this, he thought, you know, we’ll beat each other up as we have in the past. This is a whole new group.”
Behar said, “But, Whoopi n the ’90s Newt Gingrich, had a contract on America.”
Ana Navarro said, “With America.”
Behar shot back, “I like to say it was on America. Then you have Mitch McConnell say that his whole idea going forward with Obama was to make sure he was a one-term president. Then he said about Biden, we’re going to obstruct, and we’re not going to let him do anything he wants to do. So I mean, how dense was Biden really in these instances? You’re a white privilege senator in the United States Congress, so you believe other white privilege guys will work with you, but they won’t, and they don’t.”
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