The Democratic governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, said on MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports” on Wednesday that he is “open to” defying a Supreme Court judgment banning the abortion medication mifepristone by continuing to prescribe the prescription. That being the case, we will do everything it takes to save as many lives as possible.
Talk show host Katy Tur wanted to know, “Is there anything you can do as governor if mifepristone gets struck down by the Supreme Court?”
Murphy remarked, “Oh, my Lord. I’ve been following the reporting on the New Orleans judges and the stances they’re adopting. We contacted the top brass at both Walgreens and CVS to guarantee that we would have unrestricted access. We are considering making a large purchase. There is no doubt that we have become involved in the case as amicus curiae. We are prepared to try everything, and we pray to God that it doesn’t come to that, but we will keep fighting to the death.
After that, Tur inquired, “So, if you get a bulk order of mifepristone, would you then be prescribing it out in defiance of the Supreme Court?”
Murphy remarked, “That remains to be seen. But trust me when I say that anything can be discussed with Katy. Whether it’s mifepristone or whether it’s North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, etc.—by the way, I don’t think my wife and I realized we were pregnant with any of our four kids at six weeks. I think when you’ve got this, this is going to cost this action, usually. So it’s important for people to grasp that. But there will be human casualties as a result of this. Their health will suffer as a result. It will also have a human cost, especially for women. That being the case, we will do everything it takes to save as many lives as possible.