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New Jersey enacts extreme legislation allowing unregulated access to abortion

Friday, Jan 14, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke regarding New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing Thursday of S. 49, a bill that drastically expands abortion in the state and endangers women’s health:

“Every human life is valuable, precious, and worthy of full protection. Yet Gov. Phil Murphy just signed into law legislation that codifies a radical ‘right’ to abortion, allowing abortion for any reason up until birth and blocking future passage of commonsense and medically appropriate abortion regulations. This dangerous legislation is another brazen attempt by the abortion industry to push its extreme agenda at the expense of unborn babies and their mothers. The bill further expands taxpayer funding of abortion, forcing New Jersey citizens to be complicit in paying for even more abortions in their state. Such government-compelled participation in abortion has no place in a free society. This radical expansion of abortion is disheartening, but ADF will continue to fight to ensure policies are enacted that truly support women and protect innocent life.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Denise Burke

Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, her efforts are directed toward protecting life from conception to natural death and defending the conscience rights of health care professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.