Letter to the Editor: Reproductive Rights Remain at Risk

Millburn Resident and a vice president of Community Services of the National Council of Jewish Women in Livingston, Essex County Section, writes Patch seeking continued abortion rights support, not complacency.


As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, we must remember that complacency is the enemy of this epic reproductive rights victory.  The truth is our hard-fought reproductive rights are at risk.

The relentless efforts of New Jersey state legislatures continue to threaten and chip away at the core rights affirmed by Roe v. Wade.  Invisible barriers including fewer providers, increased regulations, and restrictions on insurance carriers have been enacted to steadily erode the integrity of the law. As Vice President of Community Services of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, I am proud to say that our organization has long been committed to protecting every woman’s right to access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion care.  While we stand united as fierce reproductive rights advocates, we are painfully aware of thegrim reality. In 2010, New Jersey completely eliminated the state budget line that allocated $7.4 million for basic reproductive health care services leaving our state ranked a shameful 42nd out of 50 states in family planning funding.  Further, nearly one-quarter of New Jersey counties have no abortion provider at all.  The bottom line is restrictions on access to abortion are unjust and dangerous. They endanger women’s health, restrict women’s rights, and diminish religious freedom.

As a longtime Millburn resident, I implore fellow New Jersey citizens to resist falling into a false sense of security when it comes to Roe v. Wade.  Now is the time for action, not complacency, toinsure our loved ones can enjoy the benefits of Roe v. Wade for years to come.


Penina Barr

Vice President of Community Services

National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

SH January 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Penina: what a fantastic letter, and thank you for writing it. I couldn't agree more. What steps can private citizens take to support the sentiments you express? Betsy Z.
Carol Webster January 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Penina: There are two lives to consider when talking about abortion. How sad "loved ones", as you mentioned in your article, ignores the innocent unborn children who are in the most vulnerable stage of their lives totally dependent on those to whom they have been given to protect them. Sadly, if aborted, they would never have the opportunity to see the light of day because of the selfishness of someone else. Carol Webster
M.Moore January 17, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The tone of this letter shocks me - writing about abortion as something to "celebrate" and to "enjoy the benefits of" is unbelievable to me. I am pro-life and believe abortion is always the wrong decision, but what happened to the pro-life mantra that "abortion should be safe, legal and rare"? Now we need to celebrate and enjoy it?? How sad that it is....
M.Moore January 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Edit - the "pro-choice mantra that "abortion should be safe, legal and rare." Sorry for the mistake.


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