Thank you all so very much for signing onto NCJW’s pledge to speak out for reproductive freedom!

Along with NCJW’s Abortion and Jewish Values Toolkit and list of resources, the NCJW New Jersey Sections want to bring you up-to-date on the reproductive rights initiatives and legislation happening in our State including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The creation of Thrive NJ (thrive-nj.org), a statewide coalition of over 65 organizations working collectively to promote sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice through policy change and advocacy which is informed and framed by learnings from the reproductive justice movement.

  • Creation of the Maternal Mortality Review Commission to reduce infant and maternal mortality and morbidity; to ensure equitable maternal and infant care among women and children of all races and ethnicities

  • S1784: Providing Medicaid coverage for doula care—passed

  • S3378: Reducing unnecessary C-sections—passed

  • S1761: Address Confidentiality Program for abortion providers/patients—passed

  • A5802: State support for Title X Services—passed

  • A3979: Anti-shackling of pregnant, incarcerated individuals—passed

  • Adoption of updated, comprehensive sexual education standards

In Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address in January, he said, “. . . let’s commit to codifying a woman’s full reproductive rights in state law. At a time when these rights are under attack nationwide, let’s make it clear where New Jersey stands.” State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg furthered those sentiments. “In New Jersey, we are putting together bold legislation which would ensure that all our residents will have barrier-free access to abortion. 2020 is going to be a watershed year for reproductive freedom in our state.”

As we await such legislation being introduced, NCJW/Essex and partner organizations are scheduling message trainings to review the contents of the bills which will be available to you. Once the legislation has been introduced, there will be Calls to Action—petitions, digital rallies, letters to the editor, etc. and we hope you will generously avail yourselves of these opportunities.

We look to your moral voices to speak up and speak out in support of the legislation. Please let us know if you would also like your name to be added to the ThriveNJ website as a supporter of reproductive rights and freedom.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments. Thank you!!

NCJW/Essex

Stephanie Abrahams, sabrahams@ncjwessex.org, 917-968-4085

Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement

Cynthia Kitay, ckitaynj@yahoo.com, 973-873-2610

Co-Chair, Reproductive Rights Committee

Phoebe Pollinger, pmpartinc@aol.com, 973-420-1717

Co-Chair, Reproductive Rights Committee

NCJW/Bergen

Elizabeth Halverstam  

Bari-Lynne Schwartz

Elaine Meyerson

Co-Presidents

NCJW/Jersey Hills

Maxine Harelick

Vicki Monaloy

Eileen Janowsky

Co-Presidents

NCJW/West Morris

Anne Gorman

Diana Grayson

Susan Neigher

Co-Presidents