Senator critical of funding cuts to reproductive health services

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.”

 

 

Senator critical of funding cuts to reproductive health services