Abortion rights advocates rally in New Jersey as Texas law remains in national spotlight
NEWARK, NJ – A week after a fierce gubernatorial battle, business was business as usual for Garden State Democrats who are now rallying for Gov. Phil Murphy’s second term.
The reproductive freedom law – which would expand access to abortion in the state as other states pass restrictive laws – is a top priority for Sen. Bob Menendez, who was joined by First Lady Tammy Murphy at a rally in Newark on Monday.
“When we have warned of the consequences of our unfolding before our eyes, we must call those responsible for it,” Menendez said.
Zeroing in on the Republican-led efforts that Menendez says have shifted the Supreme Court to the right, the legislation is meant to combat the fallout from future rulings that would overturn or undermine Roe v. Wade, essentially ensuring that abortion rights are enshrined in New Jersey.
The road to bringing the legislation to Murphy’s office has become murky and uncertain since last week’s election, where Republicans managed to overthrow at least six seats in the state assembly.
Even before the election, Democratic leaders are said to have discussed scaling down the sweeping legislation to go through the committee.
Despite the unknowns, lawmakers and advocates of the state are not pushing Murphy’s progressive agenda anytime soon. They promise to achieve it.
“We can’t wait another day to ensure that all New Jerseyans can get the access they need when they need it, because rights without access just don’t make sense,” said Rahbbea Norton Lee, Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood New Jersey.
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