New Jersey Parental Notification for Pregnancy Medical Treatment Amendment (2014)
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In 1999, the legislature enacted the Parental Notification for Abortion Act. In the case Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey v. Farmer, the New Jersey Supreme Court found the act unconstitutional. Part of the court's decision rested on constitutional language the court deemed "incorporates within its terms the right of privacy and its concomitant rights, including a woman's right to make certain fundamental choices." The court ruled that the 1999 act unconstitutionally differentiated between minors seeking abortions and those seeking medical and surgical care of their pregnancies. The measure language of both SCR 25 and ACR 48 specify that it was the intent of this amendment to overturn this court ruling.
Text of measure
|23. The Legislature may provide that a parent or legal guardian shall receive notice before his or her unemancipated minor or incompetent child undergoes any medical or surgical procedure or treatment relating to pregnancy, irrespective of any right or interest otherwise provided in this Constitution.|
The following assembly members and senators were sponsors and cosponsors of ACR 48 and SCR 25, respectively.
- Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), sponsor
- Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23), sponsor
- Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24), sponsor
- Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1), sponsor
- Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24), cosponsor
- Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Jr. (R-25), cosponsor
- Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-23), cosponsor
- Assemblyman Michael Carroll (R-25), cosponsor
- Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24), cosponsor
- Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23), cosponsor
- Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-39), cosponsor
- Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-26), cosponsor
- Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-40), cosponsor
- Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25), cosponsor
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution
In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions.
ACR 48 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Women and Children Committee. SCR 25 was introduced on January 14, 2014, and referred to the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
- 216th New Jersey Legislature, "Assembly Concurrent Resolution 48," accessed June 25, 2014
- 216th New Jersey Legislature, "Senate Concurrent Resolution 25," accessed June 25, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Open States, "New Jersey ACR 48, 2014-2015 Regular Session," accessed June 25, 2014
- Open States, "New Jersey SCR 25, 2014-2015 Regular Session," accessed June 25, 2014
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