NEWARK, NJ – A week after a fierce gubernatorial battle, business was business as usual for Garden State Democrats who are now rallying for Gov. Phil Murphy’s second term.
The reproductive freedom law – which would expand access to abortion in the state as other states pass restrictive laws – is a top priority for Sen. Bob Menendez, who was joined by First Lady Tammy Murphy at a rally in Newark on Monday.
“When we have warned of the consequences of our unfolding before our eyes, we must call out those responsible,” Menendez said.
By zeroing out Republican-led efforts who Menendez says shifted the Supreme Court to the right, the legislation is intended to combat any fallout from future rulings that would overturn or undermine Roe v. Wade, essentially ensuring that abortion rights are enshrined in New Jersey.
The road to bringing the legislation to Murphy’s office has become murky and uncertain since last week’s election, where Republicans managed to overthrow at least six seats in the state assembly.
Even before the election, Democratic leaders are said to have discussed easing sweeping legislation to go through committee.
Despite the unknowns, lawmakers and advocates of the state are not pushing Murphy’s progressive agenda anytime soon. They promise to achieve it.
“We can’t wait another day to ensure that all New Jerseyans can get the access they need when they need it, because rights without access just don’t make sense,” said Rahbbea Norton Lee, Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood New Jersey.