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New Jersey Bishops Express ‘Outrage’ Over State’s Plan to Mandate Abortion Insurance Coverage | National Catholic Register

The bill, announced at a May 11 press conference by Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, would require health insurance plans to fully cover abortion; codify regulations allowing non-physicians to perform abortions; and devote more public funds to abortion.

New Jersey’s Catholic bishops expressed disappointment Thursday at a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to expand abortion access in the state, which already recognizes abortion as a constitutional right.

“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”, the bishops Statement of May 12 said.

“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,” the statement read.

The bill, announced at a May 11 press conference by Murphy, a Democrat, would require health insurance plans to fully cover abortion; codify regulations allowing non-physicians to perform abortions; and devote more public funds to abortion.

The bill would also protect “medical providers and patients who provide or receive abortion care in New Jersey from legal action by states that have banned abortion,” Murphy said.

Murphy said New Jersey will not “cooperate with any out-of-state investigation of our health care providers…who seek to punish anyone: patient, provider, counselor, friend, Uber driver, etc., for providing abortion care. »

CNA has reached out to Murphy’s office for clarification on which states and laws he is referring to, but a spokesperson was not immediately available for comment at press time.

“Ironically,” the bishops’ letter says, “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.”

The letter, signed by the heads of the state’s five Latin Rite dioceses and its two Eastern Catholic eparchies, continues, “New Jersey continues to rank among the top three states in annual abortion procedures at the national scale. For these reasons, it is incomprehensible to require New Jersey health insurance providers to cover 100% of the cost to expand access to these heinous services.

The bishops wrote that “the Catholic Church is committed to opposing this legislation, but more importantly, we are ready to expand and increase awareness of the abundant resources and programs we offer, from pregnancy centers and foster care to clothing, food, housing services, adoption agencies, family resource centers and national programs.

The bishops emphasized Walk with moms in needan initiative of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities that supports pregnant women and pregnancy resource centers throughout parish life.

They concluded, “We promise to help and support every mother and family facing a difficult and unplanned pregnancy.”