Assessment: The changes also mean that abortions after 14-weeks can take place in a doctor’s office, instead of a hospital.
On Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy approved a regulation change that now allows physicians’ assistants, nurses, and midwives to commit abortions. The new law also removed regulations stating that abortions after 14 weeks could not take place in doctor’s offices.
While the state does not have any time restrictions on abortion, it had a previous stipulation that abortions after 14 weeks could only take place in a licensed hospital. Now, with the regulation change, women could potentially get a very dangerous late-term abortion in a routine doctor’s office.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
While the new regulations are a dangerous change for women, abortion advocates are hailing them as progress. “At a time when other states are creating roadblocks to reproductive health and abortion care, New Jersey is working to expand access to these vital services, especially for communities facing systemic, economic, and logistical barriers to care,” Murphy said in a statement.