Rights. Equity. Access.
It's time. We need Reproductive Freedom for All. Rights without access are meaningless.
The Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848) will protect access to time-sensitive care such as birth control and pregnancy-related care, including abortion, prioritizing the health and well-being of all New Jerseyans who need reproductive health care.
When people can make decisions that are best for their lives, families thrive, and we build communities where each of us can participate with dignity and equality.
We need a state that leads with compassion and puts our families’ health, safety, and real-life needs first. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen how essential it is to make sure all people can get the health care they need, including reproductive health care.
As politicians in other states race to push reproductive health care out of reach, it is time for New Jersey to lead and ensure that everyone who needs care is able to access it with dignity and respect.
I was so excited, I finally became pregnant after struggling with infertility. Our 12 week scan was perfect, blood work revealed low risk for major trisomies, and that we were having a girl! My husband and I were over the moon. The 20 week scan told an entirely other story - heart abnormalities, brain abnormalities, a small chest cavity - we knew we may have to consider termination. A week later we found out our daughter had triploidy - she was not compatible with life. At almost 22 weeks into our very much wanted pregnancy, we made the decision to have an abortion. It was the toughest decision we ever had to make, but it was the right one - done out of love and compassion.
Reproductive Freedom Act.
Declares that all New Jerseyans have a fundamental right to access reproductive health care, such as birth control and pregnancy-related care including abortion, and to make their own health care decisions without interference by politicians.
Expands access to reproductive health care by removing financial barriers. It includes insurance coverage for abortion, the ability to receive 12-months of birth control at a time, and expands an existing program to cover birth control, abortion, and pregnancy-related care for New Jerseyans who do not have a path to Medicaid or insurance coverage, including our community members who are undocumented.
Updates and removes medically unnecessary regulations that do not contribute to patient safety and instead place barriers for patients accessing care. It also removes old and unenforceable laws that remain on the books.
The Reproductive Freedom Act reaffirms New Jersey as a committed leader on reproductive health and rights.
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I was 20 years old, working retail and going to college, and with a guy who wasn't right for a long term relationship. I got my abortion very close to the cutoff date because it took me a while to get my paychecks. Plus it cost more later in the process, so it was very stressful. I can say without a doubt that it's the reason I have the life I do now, and I've never regretted it for a second. I have a husband (not the man I was with then), a career, and a full life, and I wouldn't have had any of this if I hadn't had access to the medical care I received.
Elizabeth C. Colonia