New Jersey Right to Life led the effort to pass the NJ Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 1997 as well as the override of NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman's veto of the ban. Within hours of the Legislature's override of Governor Whitman's veto, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and three Abortion Providers filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Trenton to block the law pending a trial. In a public display of willful defiance unsuited for a Governor, Christine Todd Whitman refused to allow her Attorney General Peter Verniero to defend the law. As a result, the NJ Legislature hired Legal Center for Defense of Life Attorney Richard Collier to defend the law on behalf the State of New Jersey. The law was struck down by a U.S. District Court and was subsequently appealed by the NJ Legislature to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals where it was ruled unconstitutional following the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Stenberg v. Carhart. NJRTL's Public & Legislative Affairs Director personally attended all the NJ court proceedings.
Click on the links below to read the Court Opinions in the NJ Case.
The Congress of the United States Passed H.R. 760, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and President Bush signed it into law on November 5, 2003.
The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is being challenged by Pro-Abortion Groups in three separate courts.