With New Jersey among the 24 states where abortion will remain legal after the U.S. Supreme Court’s seismic decision overturning Roe v. Wade, state lawmakers will consider legislation this week to provide legal protection for patients traveling from out of state to terminate their pregnancies, NJ Advance Media has learned.
The measures address the challenges posed by a law enacted in Oklahoma and Texas, which ban abortions at six weeks. They would include a citizen abortion safe haven state bill, according to a legislative source familiar with the discussions but was not authorized to reveal them.
In Oklahoma and Texas, there are citizen “bounty-hunter” provisions enabling people to sue anybody who assists patients terminate a pregnancy — whether it is clinic operators, doctors, nurses and even people who drive a woman to get the procedure. These private citizens could seek civil damages of $10,000 or more.