Senate Urges President & Congress to Ensure Access to Reproductive Care, Including Abortion

Resolution Reiterates Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

TRENTON – The Senate today gave voice to its opposition to increasing restrictions on access to abortion and its opposition to any future nominee to the Supreme Court, or any other court, that is not committed to upholding a women’s right to reproductive healthcare, including equitable access to abortion.

The New Jersey Senate endorsed the resolution, SR-96, urging Congress and the President to ensure that a woman can freely make reproductive health decisions and access reproductive care, including abortion. The resolution calls on Congress and the President to remove restrictions on insurance coverage for women who are enrolled in public insurance programs. The resolution also calls on Congress and the President to reject any future judicial nominees who would move to limit the rights of women.

The resolution, approved with a vote of 23-10, is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senator Troy Singleton.

“Reproductive health is a critical component of a women’s overall health, and access to abortion is a legitimate part of women’s healthcare,” said Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). “A women’s freedom to make reproductive decisions is vital to her safety, well-being and economic opportunity. It is essential that women be provided with equal access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or her insurance or immigration status.”

“When it comes to important personal and health decisions in life, it is vital that a woman be able to make these decisions for herself, based on what is best for her and her family,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “In New Jersey, we have worked hard to support women’s healthcare by restoring funding for family planning services and ensuring Medicaid covers reproductive healthcare. This is progress that must continue.”