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Murphy signs law to protect abortion rights in NJ

By Brenda Flanagan

Originally published to NJ Spotlight News on January 13, 2022

“Individuals have the right to make their own decisions concerning reproduction — including the right to contraception, the right to terminate a pregnancy, and the right to carry a pregnancy to term — without government interference or fear of prosecution.” That’s the heart of a new statute Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Thursday, codifying legal abortion as a protected constitutional right in New Jersey.

It’s a critical protection, Murphy said, with the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly poised to restrict abortion rights.

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