ASSEMBLY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 119

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 27, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman  ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

Assemblywoman  CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER

District 28 (Essex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Commemorates women’s access to reproductive health care and anniversary of Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Concurrent Resolution commemorating women’s access to reproductive health care and the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

 

Whereas, The Legislature of the State of New Jersey recognizes and celebrates the importance of continued access to reproductive health care for women regardless of age, and it commemorates that on January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), established that the U.S. Constitution protects women’s right to privacy and limits government interference with medical decisions; and

Whereas, The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) defines reproductive health as the right of women to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice; and

Whereas, It should be a public policy goal of the State of New Jersey to enhance the health of all its citizens, including improving women’s reproductive health care and encouraging and promoting access to family planning and prenatal support services, which can help prevent unintended pregnancies and ensure that planned pregnancies remain healthy throughout their entire term; and

Whereas, The Legislature of the State of New Jersey will continue to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to reproductive health care and continue to celebrate the United States Supreme Court upholding of the 1973 decision in Roe; and

Whereas, The Legislature believes that reproductive health care is a deeply personal and often complex situation for a woman, and therefore the decision of whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to the woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider; and

Whereas, Access to reproductive health care services such as safe and legal abortion, sex education, contraception, and family planning among others, remain of vital importance to the overall health of women; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey (the Senate concurring):

 

     1.    The Legislature commemorates women’s right to reproductive health care and the 43rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly or the Secretary of the Senate to each member of the New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.

STATEMENT

 

     This concurrent resolution commemorates women’s access to reproductive health care and celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.  On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision in Roe, established that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.  Pursuant to the Due Process Clause, the Supreme Court decision ensures that abortion is—within the scope of personal liberty—a safe and legal procedure before viability.

     It is the goal of the State Legislature of New Jersey to continue improving women’s access to reproductive health care, including access to family planning and prenatal support.  Reproductive health care is a deeply personal and often complex issue for a woman, and decision-making in this area should be left to the woman, with the counsel of her family, faith, and doctor.