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Jones & Schaffer: This Assault on Women’s Rights Cannot Be Allowed to Stand

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr., and Vice-Chair Peg Schaffer are releasing the following joint statement following reports that the Supreme Court will vote to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, eliminating abortion rights in much of the country and endangering women’s lives. 

“This decision purportedly authored by Republican appointees on the Supreme Court would be an unprecedented – but not unexpected – assault on women and their right to control their own bodies and make decisions about their own health care. We all knew this was coming, yet we are still horrified by Republicans’ utter contempt for women and disregard for their bodily autonomy. Make no mistake, this is only the beginning. The Republican Party has gutted the Voting Rights Act and now Roe, and is coming for other rights – the right to love and marry whomever you wish, the right to contraceptives, etc. The radical agenda of the Republican right must be stopped, and there is only one way to do that:  get angry, get mobilized, and get voting.

Elections have consequences, and we know this because, in New Jersey, the right to an abortion was codified into New Jersey state law last year by Governor Murphy and the Democratic-majority state legislature. However, millions of women across the country will now face a far different reality. We must rise up against the tide of radical conservatism that the Republican Party now represents and vote to defeat every single GOP enabler of this agenda.  Let us be clear: the Republican Party respects neither legal precedent nor women’s rights. The only way to stop them is at the ballot box. Take your anger and make it count.”