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.Connect with Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey
THE BIG QUESTION
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.
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
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?
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
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?