University update following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

University officials are carefully reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overrules Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and are confident that Princeton University healthcare and benefits for employees and students located in New Jersey are not affected by the ruling given current New Jersey law. The University is assessing the implications of the ruling for employees and students outside of New Jersey who receive University healthcare benefits.

Here are some key points:

Does New Jersey have a law governing abortions?

Yes, on Jan. 13, 2022, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act. The law provides every individual present in the state with the right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization, and to choose whether to carry a pregnancy, to give birth, or to terminate a pregnancy.

Will Princeton University’s benefits continue to cover abortions and contraceptives?    

Yes, provided they can be covered in accordance with applicable state law and benefit policies. 

How will the ruling affect Princeton University community members outside of New Jersey?

The University is reviewing how the ruling will impact its ability to provide students, faculty and staff with abortion coverage in states that prohibit abortion or limit abortion rights. More information will be provided when this assessment is complete.

What other reproductive services does University Health Services offer students, and will those change?

UHS provides expertise in the science of sexual health and wellness for all students, including contraceptives and emergency contraception options. Its services on campus will remain the same. Should a student become pregnant and seek guidance with respect to the pregnancy, UHS offers counseling regarding their options and referral to local resources. Emergency contraception is available by appointment during regular hours and through the infirmary after business hours. 

How can students access UHS services?

To request a medical telehealth or in-person appointment (at McCosh Health Center), visit the MyUHS online portal and complete the Medical Appointment Request form under the “Forms” section. Students also can call the UHS front desk at (609) 258-3141 to schedule healthcare appointments.

What if I have additional questions?

Students should call University Health Services at (609) 258-3141. Faculty and staff should call University Human Resources benefits representatives at (609) 258-3302.