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Pou, Scutari Legislation Creating Reproductive Rights Website Clears Budget Committee


Trenton – In an effort to provide greater clarity on reproductive rights, as well as benefits coverage and access to reproductive health care, the Senate Budget Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou and Senate President Nick Scutari that would create a new, state-run website that will provide comprehensive information concerning reproductive health care services.


The website would contain information on reproductive health care services, which would refer to all medical, surgical, counseling, or referral services relating to the human reproductive system. Rights enumerated under the bill would include the right to access, receive and use certain services, medications and treatment related to reproductive health.


“When it comes to reproductive rights, services such as reproductive care counseling, as well as preventative health care supports are not negotiable; these remain a critical part of our health care infrastructure,” said Senator Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen). “This bill will provide a sorely needed information hub that will become a reliable source for families and individuals who have questions about their reproductive health care options.”


Under the bill, no later than 180 days after the effective date of the act, the website would be jointly established by the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, the Commissioner of Human Services, and the State Treasurer.


Information on the website would be made available in the 10 languages most commonly spoken in New Jersey.


The bill, S-3275, was released from committee by a vote of 8-4.