The ACLU-NJ, Thrive New Jersey coalition and advocacy groups joined 80 organizations in signing an open letter urging Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leadership to take immediate action to expand access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion care.
Given the recent anti-abortion extremist attacks attempting to restrict access to time-sensitive medication abortion care, we urge elected leaders in New Jersey to take seriously the very real threat to the availability of not only Mifepristone but abortion access broadly. The gap in access is a racial and economic justice issue with barriers to reproductive health care reinforced by structural inequities that overwhelmingly harm communities of color and undocumented community members.
The signed-on advocacy groups call on Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to take immediate action to increase access to reproductive healthcare services including abortion. Read the open letter in full.
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of New Jersey Campaign Strategist Alejandra Sorto:
“The ongoing attacks by anti-abortion extremists looking to further restrict or outright ban time-sensitive abortion care nationwide, highlights the urgent need for states like New Jersey to meet this moment with bold action to expand access to reproductive health care. We call on our elected leaders to immediately address the barriers that push abortion care out of reach for too many in our state, especially communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ communities, and people who are low-income. At a time when millions of people across the country are being stripped of their fundamental human right to make decisions about their lives and bodies, New Jersey can and must be a leader.”