Report from Vice President Kamala Harris’ Meeting with New Jersey State Legislators on Reproductive Rights

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris called together more than 20 New Jersey state legislators, local leaders, and advocates who are fighting on the front lines to protect reproductive rights. Today’s meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey follows engagements on reproductive rights the Vice President held with health care providers, religious leaders, constitutional law experts and in privacy, attorneys, state attorneys general, and other state legislators. The vice president summoned state lawmakers to the White House on July 8, 2022; in Orlando, Florida on July 14, 2022; and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 16, 2022.

The Vice President thanked state lawmakers for their work in protecting access to abortion, highlighting legislation passed so far to codify the right to abortion, provide funding to support health care services reproductive health and protect providers and privacy. The Vice President also thanked leaders for continuing their actions to protect access to care, including passing additional legislation. She also encouraged lawmakers to seek ways to support and coordinate with lawmakers in other states as part of a broad coalition to protect abortion access.

Participants discussed how people don’t need to give up their own beliefs to agree that the government shouldn’t interfere with women’s decisions about their own bodies. They agreed that everyone deserves to have access to health care and stressed the importance of keeping equity at the center of the conversation. Leaders also discussed the need to improve maternal health care systems across New Jersey and the country, noting the connection between maternal health care and reproductive health care. The Vice President told state lawmakers, local leaders and advocates that she looks forward to continuing to work together to protect reproductive rights and freedoms.

Speakers

  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin
  • New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz
  • Mila Jasey, Congresswoman from New Jersey
  • Roslyn Rogers Collins, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey
  • Alejandra Sorto, campaign strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

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