Family planning money clears Legislature

TRENTON – A bill to provide $7.5 million in family planning funds to the Department of Health and Human Services passed in the Assembly 46-31 largely along party lines.

The bill, S788, passed earlier in the Senate and heads to the governor’s desk.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg has consistently defended the bill as being critical to health care needs of women and families in need. She said previously that their health needs have been victimized as part of the governor’s right-wing agenda.

Republican have criticized the bill because they say it will be used to fund abortions.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar measure before and is expected to veto the current bill as well.  The bill is not tied to the budget and would require a separate appropriation to fund.

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