New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed two payments Friday aiming to guard the fitting of these from outdoors the state to get abortion providers inside its borders and barring extradition of individuals concerned in reproductive well being care providers ought to they face prices in one other state.
The laws moved swiftly within the Democrat-led Legislature — inside every week of the Supreme Court docket’s choice overturning Roe v. Wade — and comes as some Republican-led states immediately ban or severely restrict abortion, with different restrictions taking impact later.
“As overwhelmingly angry that I am … that I even have to sign these bills, I’m equally as proud to do so,” Murphy stated throughout a signing ceremony in Jersey Metropolis, not removed from the Statue of Liberty. Murphy explicitly talked about the statue throughout his remarks and in addition alluded to its torch.
“These laws will make New Jersey a beacon of freedom for every American woman,” he stated.
It’s unclear whether or not there have been cases of different states looking for to extradite somebody stemming from abortion providers or whether or not these from different states have sought abortions in New Jersey.
New Jersey enshrined a right to abortion into state law in January, preempting the excessive court docket’s anticipated choice, which got here June 24.
The laws ensures residents of different states looking for reproductive well being care in New Jersey can entry confidential abortion providers with out concern of being prosecuted, Murphy and lawmakers stated.
“A woman’s right to choose must not be determined by the misfortune of her geographic location or circumstances,” stated Meeting member Lisa Swain, a Democrat from Bergen County.
Beneath the laws, the disclosure of a affected person’s medical data stemming from abortion providers couldn’t be disclosed with out their consent typically. It additionally bars public entities and staff in New Jersey from cooperating with interstate investigations aiming to carry somebody liable due to abortion providers.
The second invoice blocks the extradition of somebody inside New Jersey to a different state for “receiving, providing, or facilitating reproductive health care services that are legal in New Jersey.”
The laws handed with the assist of abortion rights advocates, who rallied on Thursday on the statehouse to hunt passage of one other, sweeping, invoice that features provisions to require insurance coverage protection of reproductive well being care and put aside $20 million for entry to abortion and different well being providers.
The Supreme Court docket’s ruling is predicted to result in abortion bans in roughly half the states, though the timing of these legal guidelines taking impact varies.