‘Elections have consequences.’ Gov. Murphy vows right to an abortion to remain intact in NJ
New Jersey leaders say that nothing will change in terms of abortion rights in the state now that the United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a news conference on Friday – originally to address the Court’s decision regarding concealed weapons but took the opportunity to speak about Friday’s decision. Murphy said that every woman in the Garden State will still have access to a full range of reproductive services, including abortion.
“Today the United States Supreme Court clarified – in no uncertain terms – that they do not value the women in our country or their ability to make their own decisions about their bodies,” Murphy said.
The governor vowed to continue taking actions he says will ensure every woman has access to a full range of reproductive services in New Jersey, no matter where she is from.
“Where we can, we will act to protect the rights and privacy of any woman who comes to New Jersey from states in which their rights are now eviscerated, if not entirely erased,” Murphy said.
Murphy signed legislation in January, protecting reproductive choice under state law, including a woman's right to abortion and contraception. It was in anticipation of the Court overturning the 1973 decision protecting the right to an abortion.
"Elections have consequences. And sadly, we are living with carnage of those consequences the last two days. So, on a grace note, to everybody out there - stand up, get up and vote. Vote, vote, vote,” Murphy said.
He said that while there are no U.S. Senate races this year, there are other important elections to consider.