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New Jersey Abortion Laws


Abortion is legal in New Jersey.


In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which returned to the states the power to regulate, even prohibit, abortion. In 2022, New Jersey enacted a law guaranteeing women the right to an abortion.

New Jersey has only minimal regulations for abortion providers and patients. The state requires all abortions to be provided by licensed physicians, but lacks waiting periods or consent requirements. Parental consent is not required. 

Abortion providers in New Jersey, however, must comply with some limited restrictions:

  • The procedure must be performed in a hospital or other specialized facility
  • Services provided after the 14th week must be provided in a "licensed hospital"
  • Providers offering services after the 18th week must have admitting and surgical privileges within 20-minutes driving time of the facility

See FindLaw's Reproductive Rights section for additional articles and resources. 

Note: State laws are constantly changing — contact a New Jersey family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Because abortion is typically related to myriad areas of law, abortion laws are often complex. This is true even in states like New Jersey where the laws are fairly permissive. If you need more information or clarification about New Jersey's abortion laws, the best thing that you can do is to talk to an experienced family law attorney near you.

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