New Jersey

NIRH worked with New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) on a multi-year project, along with the Cherry Hill Woman's Center (CHWC), to advance the Reproductive Freedom Act, groundbreaking omnibus legislation to secure reproductive freedom in state law, remove barriers to abortion care, and create more equitable access to reproductive health care. Together, we worked to make New Jersey a reliable source of safe, affordable, and accessible abortion services and a leader in progressive health care policy, resulting in a proactive abortion protection bill passed in 2021.  In 2019, NIRH worked closely with NJPP and CHWC 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. 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.