TRENTON – A state senator scolded the Department of Health and Senior Services’ top administrator on the issue of women’s reproductive health today.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck, questioned Commissioner Mary O’Dowd on the governor’s decision in recent years to cut more than $7 million in funds to support reproductive health services.
“Is this an ideological cut or a budget cut?” Weinberg asked the commissioner.
In her response, O’Dowd told the senator she believes the 2010 cuts were budgetary.
“This is a subject I must respectfully disagree,” Weinberg later said. “This is about women’s access to birth control. It’s about poor women’s’ access to birth control.”