On December 2, 2022, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced $5 million in grant funding to protect access to abortion care by ensuring it is available following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in New Jersey extensive pool of abortion treatment providers Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization tip over Roe v. calf.
Funds provided by the Murphy Administration in fiscal year 2023 will be used to fund the training and education of all practicing professionals licensed to provide abortion care in New Jersey and students being trained to become licensed abortion professionals and to support reproductive health is a practicing professional whose practice includes abortion care.
Funding to create and implement the New Jersey Reproductive Training and Education Initiative was made available to Rutgers University this week through a non-competitive grant administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
“New Jersey, under the leadership of Gov. Murphy, is a staunch defender of reproductive rights. As other states close access to abortion care after Dobbs As a result of the ruling, we are taking steps to ensure our state has an adequate number of healthcare professionals to provide these important services,” Attorney General Platkin said. “New Jersey is committed to supporting and defending the right to free choice, and we will continue to work to make abortion services easier to access for those who seek them.”
“Expanding the pool of health professionals trained to provide abortion care is essential to ensure residents of New Jersey and those from other states have access to the health services they need,” said Cari Fais, acting Director of Consumer Affairs Department. “This funding opportunity will allow for significant expansion of the abortion provider workforce and improve New Jersey’s ability to meet increased demand for abortion and reproductive health services.”
In October 2021, the State Board of Medical Examiners voted unanimously to pass new rules to eliminate medically unnecessary abortion regulations in New Jersey and open new avenues for reproductive health services statewide.
New rules published in the New Jersey Register in December 2021 paved the way for advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and certified midwives to perform premature aspiration terminations of pregnancy. The funding announced today will, among other things, help ensure those who practice or study to obtain a license in these professions receive the training needed to perform abortion services.
Numerous factors contributed to Rutgers’ unique ability to offer diverse training opportunities to expand access to abortion treatment statewide.
These factors include the numerous locations throughout the state; knowledgeable and innovative faculty and staff skilled in developing curriculum and clinical training programs for diverse learners; Multi-professional workforce and student body; and an academic infrastructure for meaningful assessment and future funding opportunities.
This initiative leverages Rutgers’ unique interprofessional structure to support interprofessional education, research and practice.
In addition, grant funding gives Rutgers the opportunity to work with community partners who have a proven track record of and commitment to abortion education in New Jersey.
All training provided through the initiative must be patient-centred, trauma-informed, and equitable.
The funding period runs from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.
For full eligibility and application requirements, see the NOAFs and application guidelines/instructions online at www.njoag.gov/resources/grant-opportunities/notices-of-available-funds/.