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Message Regarding the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

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Office of the PResident

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the landmark abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade will have profound consequences for millions of Americans, including members of the Montclair State University community. We recognize the strong feelings this significant change in American law will create even for those not directly impacted.

It is important to underscore that here in New Jersey, this ruling has no effect on our ability to access all reproductive health services. State law protects access to abortion and contraceptives and the New Jersey Supreme Court has held that the protected right to privacy encompasses a woman’s right to control her own body. Learn more at the Center for Reproductive Rights website.

Once again, we are reminded of the pivotal role participation in public affairs has in shaping our communities. As a public-serving university, we encourage all Red Hawks to become engaged in the civic life of our state and our nation. The Office of Civic and Voter Engagement website provides information on how to register to vote and how to contact your elected representatives at the state and federal levels.

Students who have questions about their health care should contact the University Health Center or Health Promotion, and employees should contact their personal health care provider. For any emotional or mental health needs, students can contact CAPS at any time, and employees can make use of the Employee Assistance Program.

We encourage you to take good care of yourself and each other during this tumultuous time.

Jonathan Koppell