NJ Gestational Surrogacy bill scheduled Rescheduled for a Vote on Monday, June 26, 2017. Take Immediate Action!

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S1238, a bill that would legalize commercial gestational surrogacy has been scheduled for a vote on Monday, June 26th before the full Senate. (It was originally scheduled for a vote on Monday, 6/22). This bill was twice vetoed by Governor Christie, but that hasn’t stopped the sponsor, Senator Vitale, from trying once again..

Please take action immediately.

Contact your State Senator and 2 Assembly members and urge them to Vote No on S1238. Also contact Governor Christie and thank him for vetoing this bill in the past.  Ask him to veto it again if it reaches his desk.

Find your 3 state legislators HERE   You can also call the Office of Legis Svcs

1 800 792 8630 during regular business hours.

Contact the Governor:  609 292 6000

Email the Governor HERE

 

This bill will lead to the exploitation of women and the commodification of children.  Please read this essay by Harold J. Cassidy, Esq. who was was the lead attorney in the Mary Beth Whitehead surrogacy case and defended many cases on behalf of surrogate mothers who have been harmed by these type of agreements.  Read 

Update: Governor Christie Vetoes bills the Senate and Assembly passed to use your tax dollars to fund the largest abortion provider. Take Action Now!

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Update July 1, 2016:  Governor Christie once again vetoes Planned Parenthood funding bills ( A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017)!

On June 27, both the Senate and Assembly voted in favor of A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017 to use your hard earned tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood.

Click here to see how your State Senator and two Assembly members voted

Take Action:

  1.  Please call and email Governor Christie 609 292 6000 and thank him for vetoing these bills.

2.     View the vote tally (link above) to see how your State Senator and 2 Assembly members voted on these bills. Then call and email them. Thank those who voted No and express your outrage to those who voted Yes and tell them you expect them to Vote No on any attempt to override the Governor’s vetoes of these bills and that you also expect them to vote No on any future attempt to fund Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars.  You can send a prewritten email to your legislators from our website by clicking on the tab that says, “Legislation.”  It’s the third item on the page.  Thank you.

Timeline:

Both the Senate & Assembly scheduled two bills for a vote on Monday, June 27th that will use our hard earned tax dollar to fund Planned Parenthood. They are A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017.  Take action to oppose now! On Thursday, Assembly Dems continually tried to censor the truth about Planned Parenthood. This occurred when NJRTL Exec Dir Marie Tasy attempted to tell the Assembly budget committee why Planned Parenthood should not be funded by taxpayers and was repeatedly and rudely interrupted by the Chair and only given 3 minutes to provide remarks while PP officials were allowed to provide testimony uninterrupted and were even praised and thanked by the Chair. Our comments did not make it into the News coverage even though our written remarks were provided to the press. Please take action on these bills now! Please don’t allow Planned Parenthood’s lobbyists and their bullies in the legislature to censor the truth about Planned Parenthood! Take action now to let your lawmakers know where you stand on this issue!

NJ taxpayers: Take Action to make sure your hard earned money is not used to fund Planned Parenthood!  Call and write your State Senator and Two Assembly Members and tell them to Vote No on A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017! We plan to publish these votes.  Tell your legislators:  A vote in favor of these bills is a vote to fund the killing of children by the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Take action at the third item on this page:
http://njrtl.org/legislation/

 

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Governor Christie signs S122/A4149, Bill will Expand Safe Haven Law

baby-handGovernor Christie signed Bill S122/A4149 into law on August 10, 2015.
This bill expands the list of sites at which newborn infants may be left safely and anonymously by a parent, or another person
acting on the parent’s behalf, in accordance with the provisions of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act,” to include the
premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Current law
provides that an infant may be left at emergency departments of licensed general hospitals and State, county, and municipal police
stations. The bill also clarifies under the act that a child delivered to the premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hrs a day, seven days a week must be left with an adult employee.

As the State’s largest pro-life organization, we were happy to support this bill. NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy worked with legislators on the introduction of this bill in 2000 and served as the Vice President of the NJ Safe Haven Task Force from 2006 to 2007. We commend the sponsors of this legislation for introducing this bill and thank the Governor for signing it into law. Senator Tony Bucco was the main sponsor of the original Safe Haven law as well as the main sponsor of this legislation. You can read his statement here

There have been some pretty high profile cases occurring lately in NJ where newborns have been found dead or killed in a horrific manner. When we hear about these cases, we are all deeply saddened. We know that there are thousands of people who would gladly adopt and raise these children if given the chance.

Many women who utilize the Safe Haven law are in denial they are pregnant, or are hiding their pregnancies. Moreover, most of these women, want to remain anonymous. The protection of anonymity is one of the key aspects of this program and what makes it so important in saving the lives of newborns.

A poll conducted in 2007 by the Rutgers Eagleton Institute commissioned by the NJ Safe Haven Task found that 80% of those surveyed said they strongly approved of this law. baby-hand

This bill is an important step in trying to save the lives of more newborns in NJ, but we must not stop there. Opportunities for new and innovative ways to spread the message about the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act need to be explored so we can save the lives of even more newborn infants in NJ and protect the lives of their mothers. One of the ways we can add to the effectiveness of the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act is by passing S103/A398. This bill will require school districts to provide instruction on the NJ Safe Haven Infant Protection Act as part of the school curriculum. This initiative was recommended by the Task Force in 2007 and was supported by 77% of NJ residents polled by Rutgers/Eagleton. A vigorous, on-going public educational effort is critical to the success of this law as well.

Governor Christie Addresses Hillary Clinton’s defense of Planned Parenthood. Asks Clinton: Do you support the conduct of Planned Parenthood in the killing of children in the womb in a way that maximizes their body parts for sale on the open market?

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Call Governor Christie to thank him for speaking out about these disgusting practices and for defunding Planned Parenthood in NJ. 609 292 6000.

Senator Pennacchio joins NJRTL in denouncing Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby body parts; calls for investigation

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Pennacchio Calls for Investigation, Legislative Review

Following the release of a video reportedly depicting a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses, Senator Joe Pennacchio joined New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy in denouncing the abhorrent act. Senator Pennacchio also announced efforts to make sure the practice does not occur in New Jersey.

“Selling body parts from an aborted fetus is a sickening shock to the conscious,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “If true, Planned Parenthood’s participation in performing abortions to systematically sell body parts from fetuses represents a level of depravity that’s hard to fathom.”

Senator Pennacchio said he is calling for the State Attorney General’s Office to launch an immediate investigation into whether any of the Planned Parenthood facilities in New Jersey took part in the practice. Senator Pennacchio said he is also reviewing current law in New Jersey regarding the donation of human body parts and tissue for medical research to see whether changes are needed to strengthen prohibitions against selling or profiting from harvested body parts from aborted fetuses.

“This video reveals some shocking admissions that have to be fully investigated and that includes looking into the practices of Planned Parenthood facilities in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “This simply can not be allowed to happen in New Jersey. If it’s determined that facilities here took part in illegal activity, those responsible must be held accountable. It’s also important that we make sure New Jersey laws adequately address this issue. There should be no circumstance where a facility can get any financial gain from soliciting abortions or harvesting body parts from aborted fetuses.”

“We wholeheartedly support and commend Senator Pennacchio’s efforts to stop this barbaric practice by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most profit driven abortion provider,” said Tasy. “Additionally, we call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood as Governor Christie did in New Jersey and urge New Jersey Democratic Leaders to abandon their yearly blind obsessive attempts to use taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood in the state budget.”

Updated: Thank Governor Christie for Vetoing the Planned Parenthood Funding Bills Again

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Update: On June 29, 2016, Governor Christie vetoed these two bills once again. Call and email Governor Christie to thank him for eliminating these funds in the budget and for consistently vetoing legislation to put these funds back in the budget every year since he took office. Please thank him for vetoing A3672/S3103, and A4604/S3104 again this time. Governor’s phone: 609 292-6000. Email the Governor here.

Use “Health” as topic and “Family Health” as sub-topic. Please take this action immediately. Thank you.

Here we go again. The Democrat Leadership in Trenton is once again pushing to fund their favorite core constituency – the abortion industry! Please see NJRTL’s comments in the bottom of the article (bolded) below, then take immediate action.
Bills A3672/S3103 and A4604/S3104 were released from the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees today and are scheduled to be voted on in the Senate and Assembly this Thursday, June 25th. Please take the following action immediately to oppose these bills.
1. Call and email your State Senator and two Assembly members and tell them to Vote No on Bills A3672/S3103 and A4604/S3104 to fund family planning. Call 1-800-792-8630 to find out the names of your three state legislators.You can also obtain their names and contact information by municipality on this page. You can send an email to them here
2. Call and email Governor Christie to thank him for eliminating these funds in the budget and for consistently vetoing legislation to put these funds back in the budget every year since he took office. Please urge him to veto A3672/S3103, and A4604/S3104 again this time. Governor’s phone: 609 292-6000. Email the Governor here.

Use “Health” as topic and “Family Health” as sub-topic. Please take this action immediately. Thank you.

Christie reversal on why he cut Planned Parenthood funding cuts sparks protest

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

on June 22, 2015 at 1:52 PM, updated June 23, 2015 at 7:43 AM

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s boast that he is the only governor in New Jersey history to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood may play in conservative states, but it alienates most New Jerseyans who want women to have access to family planning services, protesters said Monday.
Chanting “My health! My life!” about three dozen women and a few men gathered in the Statehouse courtyard with state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) to draw attention to the governor’s remarks last week about cutting $7.5 million in 2010 for women’s health centers.
At the time, the governor said the cuts were driven by a budget crisis, adding gynecological services and health screenings could be found at other state-supported facilities. Republicans who supported the money before refused to override the governor’s veto based on the financial considerations.
Christie said in 2010 he eliminated the funds as part of a wide array of cuts to close a budget gap. But in speeches to conservative groups in February and again last week, the Republican governor, who is mulling a bid for president, boasted he had “vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget.”
But now that Christie has dropped “the facade” and explained his motive, Weinberg and Lampitt said they would push to reinstate the money in the budget, and call upon their Republican legislative colleagues to vote their conscience.
“Those of you who voted year after year to uphold the governor’s veto because it was a budget issue, you know very well this is not a budget issue,” Weinberg said. “This is New Jersey, a progressive state who cares about our families, who cares about our women, who cares about their health care. it is time to restore this money in the budget.”
Roslyn Rogers Collins, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, said her center serving Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties, have had to do without $1.2 million a year since that funding cut. It forced them to close a clinic in Passaic County last year, she said.
“This is playing politics with people’s lives,” Collins said.
A Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey reported last month said 1.1 million women in 2013 were in need of contraception services because they did not have coverage or could not otherwise afford it.
Kathleen Fisher, president and CEO of the Family Planning Center of Ocean County said the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage for many, “but it does not totally fix the problem.”
She said 15 percent of women ages 18 and 54 lack health insurance still lacked consistent coverage because they bounce between Medicaid and employer-sponsored plans.
“If we do not adequately fund family planning services and expand Medicaid to cover family planning services we are hurting those among us who are the most vulnerable. It’s time the governor recognize this and get on board,” Fisher said.
“I hope the governor will take a good look at the constituents who stand here today. They come from the north and the south, female and male, from all walks of life,” Lampitt said. “It’s time to look at the real faces of the people of New Jersey and the fact that access to good health care keeps our economy going and keeps our women healthy.”

Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, praised the governor and offered harsh words for the legislators who intend to revive the issue.

“This is nothing more than a shameful election year maneuver to use taxpayer money to fund the abortion industry, sadly one of the leadership’s favorite core constituencies. Thankfully, Governor Christie has sided with the hard working taxpayers of New Jersey and rejected these measures,” Tasy said.

Governor Christie Vetoes A2795, Planned Parenthood Funding Bill

Update: 9/9/2014 – Governor Christie vetoed Bill A2795. Please call the Governor to thank him at 609-292-6000 or 609-292-6000.

Take action to oppose A2795/S1203, that provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. A2795/S1203 passed both houses at the end of June. The bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk.

Please email and call Governor Christie to urge him to veto A2795/S1203.This bill will use our tax dollars to provide a financial boondoggle to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Governor Christie: 609-292-6000 or 609-292-6000

You can mail Governor Christie here. Select “Health” from the drop down menu.

Message for Governor: Please veto A2795/S1203. I don’t want my tax dollars used for this purpose.