Catholic Church in New Jersey Stands Ready to Help Moms and Mothers-to-Be in Need
A joint statement from the New Jersey Catholic bishops on Governor Murphy ’s proposal that all
health insurers in New Jersey provide coverage for abortion services
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our disappointment and outrage over Governor
Murphy’s announcement regarding proposed legislation to expand access to abortion in New Jersey,
an act that by its very nature terminates human life. If enacted, this legislation would mandate health
insurance coverage for abortions, codify regulations that permit non-physicians to perform abortions;
and create a public fund that dedicates taxpayer money to pay for abortions.
Ironically, New Jersey already has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the United States
and continues to provide abortion providers tens of millions of dollars in public funds to perform
these services. New Jersey continues to rank among the top three states in annual abortion procedures
nationwide. For these reasons it is incomprehensible to force health insurance providers in New
Jersey to cover 100 percent of the cost to expand access to these abhorrent services.
This proposed legislation is a direct attack on the dignity and sanctity of life and is further evidence
that we have failed as a society when a mother feels her only option is to end the life of her child.
For our part, the Catholic Church is committed to opposing this legislation, but more importantly we
stand ready to broaden and increase awareness about the abundant resources and programs we offer
from pregnancy and foster care centers to clothing, food, housing services, adoption agencies, family
resource centers, and national programs such as Walking with Moms in Need. We promise to assist
and stand by every mother and family facing a difficult and unplanned pregnancy.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Newark Bishop, Diocese of Paterson
Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M. Most Reverend James F. Checchio
Bishop, Diocese of Trenton Bishop, Diocese of Metuchen
Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan Most Reverend Kurt Burnette
Bishop, Diocese of Camden Bishop, Eparchy of Passaic
Most Reverend Yousif Habash
Bishop of Our Lady of Deliverance of the Syriac Catholic Diocese
May 12, 2022