Take Action: NJ Board of Medical Examiners Proposed Rule Change on Abortion

If you live in New Jersey, please read the information below provided by New Jersey Right to Life and then comment on the Proposed Rule Changes on Abortion published by NJ Board of Medical Examiners.  You have until March 5th to comment.  

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Please note:  It has come to our attention that the NJ Board of Medical Examiners’ website does not make the process for commenting easy so we have updated this alert with specific information to make the process less difficult for you to comment.  Thank you for taking action on this important matter!

The NJ Board of Medical Examiners Published Proposed Rule Changes on Abortion today.  Interested persons can submit comments, information or arguments concerning the proposed changes.  We need to flood the NJ Board of Medical Examiners with our comments opposing these changes on or before March 5, 2021. 
Please share this information with health care professionals, post-abortive women and anyone you think will be concerned about these proposed changes.

Here is a link to the Proposed Changes  

Comments
In order to ensure your comments are received, please send your comments
concerning any rule proposals via email to DCAProposal@dca.lps.state.nj.us.  

Please include the following in your email:

Email Subject Line:  Surgery, Special Procedures, and Anesthesia Services Performed in an Office Setting
 Email Body:  Provide Comments to the Rule Proposal, 
Include: Your  Name,  Affiliation and Contact Information (email address and phone number).

The NJ Board of Medical Examiners voted unanimously to change these rules in September.  Not surprisingly, most of these changes seem to be in line with language in S3030/A4848, the NJ Freedom to Kill Act.  The studies they name in their Rule Proposal to justify the changes are clearly biased studies funded by wealthy abortion supporters. Contrary to their claims, these changes in no way make abortion safer for women.  

According to their Release, the changes and repeal include the following: 

  • repealing the Termination of Pregnancy rule, N.J.A.C. 13:35-4.2, that singles out abortion care for targeted regulation by, among other things, requiring that all terminations of pregnancy be performed only by a physician, and barring office-based terminations beyond 14 weeks gestation; 
  • clearing the path for Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives to perform early aspiration terminations of pregnancy (in addition to medication-based termination of pregnancy, which is already permitted) and clarifying that these providers are authorized to provide miscarriage treatment; and 
  • updating the regulations to integrate reproductive care within the generally applicable rules designed to ensure the safety of patients who undergo surgery or special procedures in an office setting.

Here is a link to an article about the proposed changes.

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