Abortion In New Jersey After Dobbs
Dec. 17, 2022
Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a Texas statute that prohibited abortion except on medical grounds. The decision, which was issued in 1973, established a woman's constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.
Since overturning Roe v. Wade earlier this year in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, states are free to pass more restrictive abortion laws, such as limiting access to abortion or criminalizing the procedure.
In New Jersey, abortion is legal and available throughout the state. Under state law, abortion is permitted up until the point of viability, which is typically around 24 weeks of pregnancy. After viability, abortion is only permitted in cases where the life or health of the woman is at risk.
New Jersey also has several laws in place that protect access to abortion and reproductive health care. For example, the state has a "buffer zone" law that prohibits protests within a certain distance of abortion clinics, and it requires insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion.
It is important to note that state laws governing abortion are subject to change, and the current legal status of abortion in New Jersey could be altered by future legislation or court decisions.