Updates from New Jersey and the Nation

January 27


In the State:

Wow, it’s hard to believe that January is almost over already. Where does the time go? At any rate, a lot has happened here in New Jersey in January regarding legislation. I am sure you have heard that the lame duck session of our legislature passed one of the most egregious abortion bills in our nation on January 10th, one day before the lame duck session ended. So, what should be our response? Our slogan, taken from the book of Daniel, sums it up well; “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

There is a sea change coming; you can feel it. Pro-life men and women are rising up, in spite of what just happened in Trenton. As Winston Churchill rightly stated at one of the darkest times in Britain’s history; “Never, Never, Never give up!” And give up we will NOT do! As a member of the pro-life coalition in New Jersey, we will continue working with other pro-life organizations to see this egregious legislation chipped away at and eventually reversed. Yes, it is a new year and a new day. Opportunities to do good are all around us, and we must take advantage of those opportunities. We await the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in the Dobbs case (see below).

On January 11th at 12:00 Noon, the Legislature opened the 22oth Legislative Session, which runs for two years. Newly elected members from the November General Election were installed. Currently, the Democrats are the majority party in both Houses. In the Senate, there are 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans; last session it was 26 Democrats and 14 Republicans. There are 46 Democrats and 34 Republicans in the General Assembly; last session there were 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans. This was the first time in over 20 years that the Republicans had any major pickup of seats.

In the Nation:

I am sure you have heard of the case before SCOTUS regarding Mississippi’s ban on abortions at the 15-week mark. Many experts in the field are hopeful for the possible overturning of Roe v Wade. Oral arguments were made in the beginning of December, and we anticipate a decision in June. If Roe is overturned or even just weakened, a lot of the battles for life will end up going back to the states, including New Jersey.

The Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses of 100 employees or more went down in flames by a 6-3 margin at the U.S. Supreme Court. We participated in the case by joining with Family Policy Alliance and many of the other state-based Family Policy Councils. If you would like to view the amicus brief we signed on to, please click here.

Yours for the Family,

Len Deo