In New Jersey

After Roe in New Jersey abortion is still legal in most circumstances. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state—now and after Roe. Then, keep reading to find out more about your state’s post-Roe abortion laws.


After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?

New Jersey still allows nearly all abortions. Read about the legal restrictions on abortions that New Jersey has below.


What is my state’s next step in the fight for life, now that Roe is overturned?

Due to the passing of the Reproductive Choice Act on January 10, 2022, abortion has been codified into state law as a fundamental right. The bill seeks to prevent any future pro-life laws from being enacted. This means New Jersey has a lot of work to do now that Roe is overturned. Reinstating protections for the conscience rights of medical professionals so that they are not forced to participate in abortions and preventing abortion coverage from being mandated in health insurance plans must be our immediate focus. Dangerous and unsafe abortion rules approved by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners on October 13, 2021, must also be repealed and replaced.


Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws are in your state after Roe.

Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement

Limitations on abortions

If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?

In 2022, New Jersey passed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, invalidating all state law restrictions on abortion procedures in New Jersey. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 10:7-1.

New Jersey is still subject to a federal law ban on partial-birth abortions. 18 U.S.C.S. § 1531.

Exceptions to any limitations

Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?

The federal partial-birth ban includes an exception for when abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother. 18 U.S.C.S. § 1531.

Penalties for performing an illegal abortion

What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?

Violations of the federal partial-birth ban are punishable by up to two years in prison and loss of licensure for medical professionals. 18 U.S.C.S. § 1531.


When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?

The father (if married to the mother) and the maternal grandparents (if the mother has not reached the age of 18) of the baby may sue for relief under the federal partial-birth ban. 18 U.S.C.S. § 1531.

Special standards of care

Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?


Protecting Fundamental Rights


Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?


Medical professionals

Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?

Yes: New Jersey has conscience protections for individuals (N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A: 65A-1) and hospitals (N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A: 65A-2). However, the passage of the Freedom of Reproductive Health Act has made the status of these protections ambiguous. New Jersians should push for clear, strong conscience rights protections for medical professionals in light of this recent Act.

Babies Born Alive

Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?


Safety & Health of Women

Physician-only requirement

Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?


Informed consent

Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?


Waiting period

Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?


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