Weinberg, Vainieri Huttle Unveil Bills to Protect the Rights of Survivors of Sexual Assault, Harassment
Advocates from Across the State Call on Lawmakers to Pass Bill and Ensure Reproductive Health Care Access for All
TRENTON, NJ — As politicians in other states race to push reproductive health care out of reach, Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, are stepping up to protect reproductive freedom and remove barriers to access for all people who need care. During an announcement event today, the Governor announced that lawmakers will introduce the Reproductive Freedom Act, proactive legislation that will help protect and expand New Jerseyans’ ability to receive reproductive health care, such as birth control, and pregnancy-related care, including abortion.
The Reproductive Freedom Act protects and expands access to essential reproductive health care services in three key ways:
- The Reproductive Freedom Act explicitly ensures all New Jerseyans have the right to make their own personal health decisions when it comes to birth control and pregnancy-related care, including abortion. The decision about whether and when to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions we make. We need to trust all people who can become pregnant to make decisions about their own health and lives.
- The Reproductive Freedom Act makes certain that financial barriers do not prevent anyone from making their own personal health decisions when it comes to birth control and pregnancy-related care, including abortion. Key provisions of the bill require private insurance coverage for birth control and abortion care with no out-of-pocket costs, to ensure that a person’s income or insurance status do not dictate their ability to access time-sensitive health care.
The Reproductive Freedom Act expands access to birth control and pregnancy-related care including abortion by breaking down medically-unnecessary restrictions that right now only serve to block access to care. It is time to secure a future that safeguards reproductive care, upholds basic rights and justice, and respects decision-making throughout pregnancy.
“As access to health care and the right to choose are under attack at the federal level, we will support, defend, and protect reproductive rights here in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “The Reproductive Freedom Act will remove barriers to reproductive health, as well as expand access to contraception while reaffirming choice. Together, we stand unwavering in our commitment to work towards reproductive freedom for all New Jerseyans.”
Legislation To Be Introduced As a Result of Recent Incidents at Long -Term Healthcare Facilities Including Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II During Pandemic
(TRENTON) – In response to the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, especially in nursing homes, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), chair of the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee, issued the following statement on bill she is proposing to require long term care facilities to designate space for appropriate storage of deceased individuals:Read more
Lopez and Vainieri Huttle Statement on Federal Investigation into Sexual Abuse at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility
(TRENTON) – In response to a report from the federal Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office detailing rampant sexual abuse at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, Assemblywomen Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following joint statement:
“‘Despicable’ does not begin to describe the widespread abuse uncovered by this federal investigation. It’s horrifying. It’s deplorable. Most of all, it’s heartbreaking.
“No inmate should face sexual abuse in prison under any circumstances, particularly at the hands of the correctional officers who are supposed to keep them safe. Unfortunately, the federal report details that some officers at Edna Mahan used their authority to abuse women and pressure them into not reporting the incidents. This report confirms what we already feared.Read more
(TRENTON) – Before the outbreak of COVID-19, an estimated 11 percent of American households were considered food insecure because they did not have consistent access to sufficient food. Food insecurity will likely escalate during the pandemic if workers are forced to take time off from work or lose pay.Read more
Bill to Help Identify Students Eligible for Meal Programs, Destigmatize DebtRead more
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, an estimated 11 percent of American households were considered food insecure because they did not have consistent access to sufficient food. Food insecurity will likely escalate during the pandemic if workers are forced to take time off from work or lose pay.Read more
VAINIERI HUTTLE, DANIELSEN & SPEIGHT BILL TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD AGAINST SENIORS CLEARS COMMITTEE
Aiming to protect seniors from falling victim to fraudulent schemes and financial abuse, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Danielsen and Shanique Speight was approved Thursday by the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee.Read more
ARMATO, MAZZEO & VAINIERI HUTTLE BILL TO STREAMLINE SNAP APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SENIORS CLEARS ASSEMBLY PANEL
About 142,000 senior citizens in New Jersey receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which works to combat food insecurity by providing healthy foods to low-income residents.Read more
HOUGHTALING & VAINIERI HUTTLE BILL ALLOWING RESIDENTS TO BET ON HORSE RACING WHILE TRAVELING OUTSIDE NJ PASSES COMMITTEE
Legislation Now Heads to Assembly Speaker for Further ConsiderationRead more