Bill putting $7.5M in family planning funds released by Assembly Budget Committee

A bill to put $7.5 million in family funds to the Department of Heath and Senior Services was released by the Assembly Budget Committee along party lines.

The Women’s Political Caucus supported the bill, A 3204, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.   

Assemblyman Gary Chiusano voted against the bill, saying, “It’s disturbing to me we would continue to fund Planned Parenthood in light of the some of the things we’ve seen.”

He said Planned Parenthood does “gender selection abortions.”

“I cannot support sending any more money to this organization,” he said.  

However, Assemblyman Troy Singleton said it is his understanding the money can’t be used for abortions.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli described it as an important piece of legislation that provides greater access to much-needed services.

Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life, said given recent disclosures about Planned Parenthood, funding the organization is “reprehensible.”

“It is reprehensible that these lawmakers continue to push to use taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood, especially now when it has been disclosed that this organization is not only under federal investigation for financial disparities and Medicaid fraud, but additionally, has engaged in a variety of human rights abuses and illegal activity against women and girls which include aiding and abetting in sex trafficking of minor girls and encouraging the late term sex selection of baby girls,” she said.

Republicans voted against it and Democrats voted for it.