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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill to uphold the right to abortion in state law on Thursday.
In December last year, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on two cases, some deciding to look at the decentralization of abortion rights to the state level.
“Regardless of whether or not the Supreme Court overturns Wade against Roe, New Jersey’s stance in favor of the right to reproductive autonomy remains clear and unchanged,” Murphy said at a signing ceremony in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Murphy pushed for the bill, but it stalled in the Democrat-led legislature because it faced a large majority of voters in November and then lost six Assembly seats and suffered a net loss in the Senate.
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The bill does not cover the need for abortion insurance coverage, some advocates have fought, but it does empower state banking and insurance departments to study the issue and adopt new regulations.
New Jersey bishops have expressed “deep disappointment and deep concern” over the passage. Statement It “directly extinguishes the human and moral identity of the unborn child.”
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Only New Hampshire has so far passed a new law after a Supreme Court hearing: The state prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless it threatens the mother’s life.
But 12 states have instituted “trigger laws” designed to restrict abortion immediately after the Supreme Court makes its decision, and have effectively abolished Roe, including Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee. Texas and Utah.
Four other states – including Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia – begin to re-enforce pre-Row abortion laws Gutmaker Institute, Sexual Rights Research Group.
“What has happened is that the Supreme Court has gathered around the fact that there is a real chance to undermine or invalidate abortion rights, and now it’s time to put those statutory protections in place,” said Elizabeth Nash, state policy analyst at Guttmaker. .
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have clear protections for abortion rights, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.