Here in New Jersey, You Have the Right to Reproductive Autonomy: Why It’s Important
The right to personal autonomy, including reproductive autonomy, is a fundamental human right. It represents the right of every person to make decisions about their life, their body, and their future. In New Jersey, reproductive freedom and the right to abortion are protected by the law, and we’re working fiercely to expand access.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v. Wade and unleashed laws throughout the country restricting or banning abortion care for millions of people, we’re here to provide you with general information about reproductive health care rights in our state. If you need advice or help with your personal circumstances, please consult a provider who can address those needs.
Access to reproductive health care – from contraception, to abortion, to postpartum care – is essential in building healthy communities, where all people, especially those who can become pregnant, have the necessary resources and opportunities to live and participate equally in our society.
Disclaimer: The contents of this page should not be interpreted as legal or medical advice, or as a source for comprehensive answers. It is intended as an introductory overview of general information about abortion rights in New Jersey.
What New Jersey Law Protects: The Right to Abortion and Reproductive Care
New Jersey has strong, independent legal protections over the right of reproductive autonomy, including abortion. Both state statute – including the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, enacted in January 2022 – and the New Jersey Constitution protect the right to abortion. These have not been weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Questions and Answers about Reproductive Health in New Jersey
No matter what state you’re in, we all have questions about the current state of our reproductive rights. Here are some general answers for New Jersey.