New Jersey

After eight years of stalled progress under Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey now has the opportunity to correct course and advance reproductive freedom. In 2020, NIRH is continuing to work with the Cherry Hill Women’s Center (CHWC), an independent abortion provider, and New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a “think-and-do tank,” to push forward bold and proactive legislation to protect abortion rights and expand access, and to support the Thrive NJ coalition and its progressive, multi-issue agenda. The NJPP and CHWC approach centers communities that are most impacted by attacks on reproductive freedom, builds a diverse and broad coalition of community organizations, and educates and empowers lawmakers to take a firm stand to ensure that New Jersey steps forward as a leader for reproductive freedom. This project involves collaboration with SiX.

In 2019, NIRH worked closely with CHWC and NJPP to push forward a bold and proactive policy agenda addressing the multi-issue lives that everyday people lead. With the support of NIRH, CHWC and NJPP successfully developed the collaborative and inclusive Thrive NJ coalition. Thrive NJ collectively built a robust membership including 55 organizations, advocated for state policies to expand reproductive health, rights, and justice while building and deepening relationships with key elected officials. Coalition members put their weight behind a number of bills, including the Address Confidentiality Bill, which was signed into law. Together with Planned Parenthood and other Thrive NJ members, CHWC and NJPP successfully worked with the administration on amendments to address the needs of vulnerable communities. This project involved collaboration with SiX.

In 2018, NIRH worked with the CHWC and NJPP to protect and strengthen reproductive health access by pushing forward a bold and proactive policy agenda that addresses the multi-issue lives that everyday people lead. NJPP and the CHWC’s approach includes centering communities that are most impacted, building a diverse and broad coalition of community organizations, and educating and empowering lawmakers to take a firm stand to ensure that New Jersey steps forward as a leader for reproductive freedom.