Statement from NJ Catholic Bishops on Governor Murphy’s Proposed Legislation to Expand Abortion Access in New Jersey


The Catholic Church of New Jersey stands ready to help moms and mothers-to-be in need

A joint statement from the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on Governor Murphy’s proposal that all New Jersey health insurers provide coverage for abortion services:

The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join us in expressing our disappointment and outrage at Governor Murphy’s announcement of a bill to expand access to abortion in New Jersey, an act that by its very nature, puts an end to human life. If enacted, this legislation would mandate health insurance coverage for abortions, codify regulations allowing non-physicians to perform abortions; and create a public fund that uses taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions.

Ironically, New Jersey already has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the United States and continues to provide abortion providers with tens of millions of dollars in public funds to perform these services. New Jersey continues to rank in the top three states for annual abortion procedures nationwide. For these reasons, it is incomprehensible to force New Jersey health insurance providers to cover 100% of the cost to expand access to these heinous services.

This bill is a direct attack on the dignity and sanctity of life and is further proof that we have failed as a society when a mother feels her only option is to end the life of her child. .

For our part, the Catholic Church is committed to opposing this legislation, but more importantly, we are prepared to expand and increase awareness of the abundant resources and programs we offer, from pregnancy and foster care to clothing, food, housing services, adoption agencies, family resource centers and national programs such as Walking with Moms in Need. We promise to help and support every mother and family facing a difficult and unplanned pregnancy.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark

Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney
Bishop, Diocese of Paterson

Bishop David M. O’Connell, CM
Bishop, Diocese of Trenton

Bishop James F. Checchio
Bishop, Diocese of Metuchen

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan
Bishop, Diocese of Camden

Bishop Kurt Burnette
Bishop, Eparchy of Passaic

Bishop Yousif Habash
Bishop of Our Lady of Deliverance of the Syriac Catholic Diocese


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