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New Jersey Gov. Murphy signs bill preserving abortion in state law

New Jersey Governor Murphy signs bill to preserve abortion under state law

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Governor of New Jersey. Phil Murphy signed Thursday’s bill that would enshrine in law the right to abortion. 

In December 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases. Some predict that abortion rights will be devolved to the states. 

“Regardless of whether or not the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, New Jersey’s position in support of the right to reproductive autonomy will remain clear and unchanged,” Murphy said during a signing ceremony in Teaneck, New Jersey. 

Murphy was the one who had pushed the bill. However, it was stalled by the Democrat-led legislature after the majority of voters faced Murphy in November. Then the majority lost six Assembly seats and a net gain of one in Senate.

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Although the bill doesn’t include an obligation for abortion insurance, as some supporters argued for it, it authorizes state banks and insurance agencies to examine the matter and develop new regulations. 

A pro-life demonstrator protests in front of the Supreme Court building, on the day of hearing arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021.

New Jersey Bishops were “profoundly disappointed and deeply concerned” by the passage. In a statement, they said it “forthrightly extinguishes human and moral identities of unborn children.”

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So far only New Hampshire has otherwise approved a new law since the Supreme Court hearing: The state will prohibit abortions after 24 weeks of gestation unless the mother’s life is endangered.

An anti-abortion activist attends a protest outside the Supreme Court building, ahead of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, in Washington, Dec. 1, 2021.

However, 12 states have “trigger” laws that will allow abortion to be stopped immediately the Supreme Court decides. They include Arkansas, Idaho Kentucky, Louisiana Mississippi, Missouri North Dakota, Oklahoma South Dakota and Tennessee. 

Four other states – including Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia – have pre-Roe abortion laws they would start to enforce again, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a sex rights research group. 

“What really happened is that all of it coalesced around a fact that the Supreme Court can weaken or overturn the abortion rights. Now was the time for those statutory protections to be put in place,” Elizabeth Nash (state policy analyst at Guttmacher).

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There are policies in 14 states (and the District of Columbia) that protect abortion rights, including California and Delaware. 

This report was contributed by The Associated Press. 

Source: FoxNews.com

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