Senate Schedules A5802/S4103 for a Vote on 12/16 – Take Action Now!

On November 25, 2019, the full NJ Assembly approved Bill A5802, to give $9.5 Million in taxpayer revenue to Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business. To see how your 2 Assembly Members voted, Go here: Assembly Vote on A5802

All Democrat Members Present Voted Yes, except Asm. Joseph Egan and Asm. Tom Giblin, who did not vote.
All Republican Members Present Voted No, except Asm. Kevin Rooney who didn’t vote and Asw. Holly Schepisi who abstained.

The companion bill, S4103 was released from the Senate Budget Committee and has been scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Monday, December 16th. Please Contact your State Senator now and tell them to Vote No on A5802/S4103. Please also contact your 2 Assembly Members to thank those who voted No and express your disappointment to those who voted Yes. You can do that HERE

 

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11-22-2019 Raffle Drawing

All the winners of the 2019 Raffle have been notified. You can call the office at 732 562 0562 or email feedback@njrtl.org after 12/1/19 during regular business hours for more information.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Take Action: Oppose 11/25 Asssembly Vote on $9.5 Million to fund Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

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Please also join us on Monday, November 25th in Trenton! Email us at feedback@njrtl.org for details.

New Jersey Bill Would Force Residents to Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Updated 10/30/19 – New Jersey Right to Life PAC 2019 General Election Endorsements

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NJ Supreme Court refuses to reinstate restraining order against NJ Assisted Suicide law-case will move forward

N.J.’s highest court upholds law giving terminally ill patients the option to end their lives

The state’s controversial “Aid in Dying” law won the support of the state Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon, upholding a decision from earlier in the day dismissing a restraining order that prevented patients from pursuing their own death.

The “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” Gov. Phil Murphysigned in April took effect Aug. 1, but the law was put on hold due to the legal challenge.
Tuesday’s rulings means the law is in effect again.
A doctor in Englewood, Yosef Glassman, sued to overturn the law because he said it violates his religious beliefs and his oath as a physician to preserve life. Glassman won a restraining order on Aug. 14 preventing any doctors or pharmacists from dispensing lethal medication.
“We are, of course, disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling but nevertheless respect it,” Glassman’s attorney Richard Grohmann said.
Corinne Carey, state senior campaign director for Compassion & Choices, which helps pass death with dignity laws, praised the appeals court’s decision for putting patients’ wishes first.
“On balance, the harm to patients who relied on the law duly authorized by the Legislature far outweighed the hypothetic harm” cited by the doctor, Carey said. “This doctor had no relationship to a patient who made a request. This was a theoretical harm. The court wisely noted he has a right to refrain from participating.”

The state Attorney General’s Office, which is defending the law against the challenge, did not respond to requests for comment.

Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com

NJ Democrat Leaders Plan Vote to Replace Title X Funds to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz. Take Action Now!

Update: 8/27/19

Note to our supporters:

The Murphy administration has already allocated $10.5 million of our state tax dollars to Planned Parenthood in this year’s budget.

Now his administration and leaders in both houses of the legislature are planning to schedule votes after the November election to give the abortion business $9.5 M Million more – all because Planned Parenthood will not agree to comply with Federal Title X rules which require that they physically separate their “family planning” services from their abortion business in order to continue to receive federal funds.

Read the Senate Democrats’ Press Release HERE

Read the Assembly Democrats’ Press Release HERE

If you disagree with giving your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, call Governor Murphy and tell him how you feel: 609 292 6000. You can also email him at this link: EMAIL THE GOVERNOR

Call and write your three State Legislators: HERE

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Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

August 19, 2019

Planned Parenthood’s New Jersey affiliates said Monday that they were withdrawing from the federal government’s family planning program because President Donald Trump won’t let them tell their patients where they can get a legal abortion.

The decision will cost the women’s health care provider and affect 77,000 New Jersey patients. State officials are looking at whether they will step in.

“Our patients come to us because they expect the best information and health care available – and we have a commitment to give that to them,” said Roslyn Rogers Collins, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. “This gag rule would make it impossible to do that.”

Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, said Planned Parenthood’s announcement “demonstrates how committed they are to their abortion business.”

Upon taking office in 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation restoring $7.5 million in state funding for Planned Parenthood and other health clinics.

Murphy spokeswoman Alyana Alfaro said the administration was working with the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliates, the Ne Jersey Family Planning League and others “to assess the need of the program and how the state might step in.”

The Trump administration gave recipients of federal funds under the Title X family planning program until Monday to agree to follow the new rule that prevents them from referring patients for abortions.

It was one of several steps taken by the administration to restrict access to abortion, a top priority of the Christian conservatives who were strong supporters of his 2016 presidential campaign.

While federal law already prevents using Title X grants for abortions, the Trump administration went further in declaring that groups receiving the federal funds could not “promote, refer for or support abortion as a method of family planning, nor take any affirmative action to assist a patient to secure such an abortion.”

While the federal dollars didn’t fund abortions, Tasy contended they were being used indirectly.

“All money is fungible,” Tasy said. “The funds they were getting were clearly being used to pay administrative expenses, salaries, electricity that their abortion business needed to be able to operate.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New Jersey and 19 other states have challenged the rule in federal court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the rule to take effect while the court case proceed, overturning two nationwide injunctions that had blocked the new regulations.

The Garden State receives $8.8 million in federal funds through Title X, according to the state Health Department. The program serves 100,000 residents in the state, with 77 percent of them seeking services at a Planned Parenthood facility in 2018. In 13 of the state’s 21 counties, it was the only clinic operating under Title X in 2018.

“The gag rule is unethical and dangerous, and we will not subject our patients to it – because every person deserves to make their own decisions about their health care,” said Triste Brooks, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey.

All clinics are keeping their regular operating hours, said Casey Olesko, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.

“Right now, we don’t know for certain what this will look like – but it’s unrealistic to think there won’t be changes,” Olesko said. The future is uncertain as we are relying on limited emergency funds. Right now NJ has no plans to close any health centers, but as this fight stretches on we don’t know what the future will hold.”

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., whose panel has jurisdiction over health care, said Planned Parenthood had no choice but to withdraw from Title X.

“This is yet another step in the Trump administration’s relentless campaign to undermine Americans’ health care,” said Pallone, D-6th Dist. “Make no mistake, this callous rule concocted by President Trump’s ideological henchmen jeopardizes access to health care for millions across the country.”

Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant or on Facebook. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

 

 

Planned Parenthood Director Fired for Exposing How Its Abortions Hurt Women Awarded $3 Million

 

Planned Parenthood Director Fired for Exposing How Its Abortions Hurt Women Wins $3 Million

STEVEN ERTELT   AUG 19, 2019   |   11:24AM    PHOENIX, ARIZONA

An Arizona court on Friday awarded $3 million to a former Planned Parenthood director of 17 years after she sued them for wrongful termination. The abortion giant fired Mayra Rodriguez after she exposed how the abortions Planned Parenthood does hurt women.

In a stunning victory for a former Planned Parenthood director in Arizona who was wrongfully terminated after reporting high complication rates for one abortionist. Rodriguez also exposed the abortionist’s illegal conduct falsification of affidavits and patient records, incomplete abortions, and failure to report a minor who had an adult partner and was a victim of statutory rape.

A jury unanimously awarded Mayra Rodriguez $3 million in damages this past Friday after a two-week trial.

Mayra Rodriguez, who ran three Planned Parenthood clinics in Arizona and worked for the organization for 17 years, sued the non-profit after being wrongfully terminated from her position in October 2017 after repeatedly making claims that Planned Parenthood was endangering the health and safety of their patients.

Abby Johnson, another former PP director whose ministry And Then There Were None has been assisting Mayra, told LifeNews she is encopuraged by the decision.

“When Mayra came to And Then There Were None with her incredible story, I felt solidarity with her, having gone through a similar situation when I worked for Planned Parenthood. Standing with her through the trial and rejoicing in the ultimate victory has been amazing,” said Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director herself and founder and director of And Then There Were None, a ministry that has helped over 525 abortion workers leave their jobs.

Abby’s and Mayra’s stories have striking similarities. They were both awarded Employee of the Year awards from Planned Parenthood the year before they left. They both were directors of clinics. And they both started working for Planned Parenthood for the same reasons: to help women.

“I hope my case is a lesson to other workers that shows them that the truth will prevail. I also hope my case is a lesson to employers who abuse their power: sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be done,” said Mayra Rodriguez.

Mayra’s attorney, Tim Casey, based in Phoenix, never asked for any dollar amount during the trial. The damages awarded came directly from the jury, who took three hours to reach their verdict.

“I’ve stared down Planned Parenthood in court. I know how hard it is watching your friends lie about you,” said Abby Johnson. “It’s always good to take down Planned Parenthood but it’s not without hurt.”

Mayra said the most hurtful things said in court were the deception by women she had considered friends and by Planned Parenthood executives themselves, who frequently referred to her as a ‘liar’ due to her undocumented status the entire time she worked at Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood publicly states they want to help and stand up for immigrants, that they care about these women, but it’s not true. They shamed me for my immigration status,” said Mayra. “But here we are, the jury heard the truth.”

Source: Lifenews.com

 

Judge Halts NJ Assisted Suicide Law

Judge halts N.J.’s Aid in Dying law

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the "Aid in Dying" law in April allowing terminally ill people to obtain a prescription to end their lives.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the “Aid in Dying” law in April allowing terminally ill people to obtain a prescription to end their lives.

A state judge has granted a request to stop New Jersey’s “aid in dying” law from taking effect, preventing any physician from writing a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients to end their lives.

State Superior Court Judge Paul Innes, sitting in Mercer County, granted the temporary restraining order Wednesday at the request of a physician from Bergen County who opposes the law for religious and professional reasons, said E. David Smith of Bloomfield, the physician’s attorney.

The law took effect on August 1, but required a two-week waiting period before a physician could fill a patient’s prescription. That two-week period would have come due Friday, Smith said.

“We wanted to put a stop to it,” Smith said.

The law passed after eight years of legislative hearings, and aggressively fought by religious leaders and disability advocates who said elderly and sick people would feel compelled to end their lives so as not to burden their families. But the right-to-die movement gained momentum after Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California woman with terminal brain cancer, publicized her decision to relocate to Oregon for its aid-in-dying law and avoid the the final and most painful stage of her disease in 2014.

The legislation stalled while Gov. Chris Christie was in office, but Gov. Phil Murphy, who was sworn-in in January 2018, signed the law four months ago.

“This was a really hard one for me, particularly given growing up as a Catholic,” the governor added. “This was not an easy one to get to. But I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end. That it should be you and your loved ones.”

The restraining order is in effect until at least the next court date, scheduled for Oct. 23, according to court documents.

Smith predicted that would not be enough time for the state to write and seek public comment on the regulations required to carry out the law.

Doctors are not mandated to participate, but they are required if they refuse to aid a patient’s death to refer patients to another physician. As a physician and orthodox Jew, Grossman said he could not condone any participation, even if it involved transferring a patient’s file, Smith said.

Grossman believes “the right to human life is sacred and should not be taken under any circumstances,” Smith said.

The law applies to adults who have received a terminal diagnosis — defined as an incurable, irreversible and medically confirmed disease that will end the person’s life within six months.

The written declaration must be witnessed by two people who attest that the patient is acting voluntarily. One of the two witnesses cannot be a person who stands to financially gain from the patient’s death or the patient’s doctor or nursing home employee.

State Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, the law’s prime sponsor, said he was “surprised” by the challenge. “The work we did was carefully structured with guidance from others,” he said.

Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, issued a statement thanking the doctor for “challenging this terribly misguided law which is both incompatible with a physician’s role as healer and clearly a danger to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Tasy noted the legislation would never have passed the Senate health committee had Democratic leaders not substituted members that daywho opposed the bill.

NJ Advance Media staff writers Brent Johnson and S.P. Sullivancontributed to this report.

This is a breaking story. More information will be reported later in the day.

The state Health Department has created this webpage explaining the