43 Years After Roe, What Has Changed?

Forty-three years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a momentous ruling – Roe v. Wade – which enshrined in law the right to choose whether to have an abortion, recognizing that the decision to continue or end a pregnancy was best left between a woman and her doctor.

The majority of Americans still believe that women and their families – not government – are best placed to make this very personal decision.

Yet since 1973, political restrictions have eroded women’s ability ...

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ACTION ALERT: S221/A4115 Preventing Restrained Prison Child Birth

S221/A4155 would prohibit the restraint of women prisoners during and immediately after childbirth. Under the bill, correctional facility staff or medical providers would not be permitted to apply restraints to a female prisoner known to be pregnant during any stage of labor, any pregnancy related medical distress, transport to a medical facility, delivery, or postpartum.

Over the last 15 years, 21 states have enacted laws against shackling pregnant inmates during and after labor, but many of the laws have proved ineffectual. ...

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ACTION ALERT: “Smart Gun” Legislation Passes Both Houses

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee reported favorably on S3249 on November 6, 2015. The bill, introduced by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, requires firearms wholesalers and retailers to sell personalized handguns, also known as “smart guns,” in addition to the other types of handguns they sell. A personalized handgun is designed so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.

Under the current law, three years after personalized handguns are available for retail purposes, it will be ...

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Tell Governor Christie to Sign S1771/ A4576 for Lower Prison Phone Rates

 

S1771/A4576 passed Monday in the NJ legislature. The vote was 47-22 with 1 abstention in the Assembly and 36-0 in the Senate!  The Assembly Appropriations Committee reported favorably an Assembly Committee Substitute for A4576 On December 10, 2015.
Under the substitute, the maximum per minute rate for calls may not exceed the maximum rate allowed by order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for out-of-State calls and no more than $0.25 per minute for international calls.
In October, 2015 the ...

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ACTION ALERT: Ask Gov. Christie to sign S2806/A4913

On Monday evening NJ Assembly bill A4913 passed the Assembly by a vote of 46-28. On December 10, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee reported favorably and with committee amendments to expressly require the Commissioner of Human Services to adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the bill’s purposes. UULMNJ provided testimony before the committee. (Read testimony.) This bill passed the NJ Senate on December 17, 2015 by a vote of 26-8. Thanks to the NJ Drug Policy ...

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President Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

90% support gun checks

President Barack Obama just concluded his announcement of a new Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence. In an effort to expand background checks for buyers and close the “gun show loop hole” this action will include a new requirement for individuals “in the business of selling firearms” to register as licensed gun dealers. Currently most small sellers are exempt ...

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