One week after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation appropriating millions of dollars toward family planning, the federal government announced it will make up some of the difference.
U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said Tuesday more than $3.1 million will go to the state to support 25 women’s health care facilities.
The funding, which comes through the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is directed to the New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL) in Newark, which works with local providers to bring low-income patients important health care services.
“While women’s health services have been severely cut at the state level, this federal funding will help women in New Jersey gain access to affordable health care in their communities,” said Lautenberg, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds HHS. “Women’s health services are under attack by political extremists and it’s more important than ever that we keep fighting to ensure quality care is available to every woman.”
“This funding is critically important to providing quality, affordable health services to women across New Jersey, regardless of income,” said Menendez. “Ensuring comprehensive health services are available for women means healthier families and healthier communities, and that’s why I will always fight for the resources to support our local health care facilities.”
The NJFPL works with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey, Hoboken Family Planning, and Women’s Health and Counseling Center in Somerville to fund 25 clinic sites that provide health services to low-income families across the state.
During the budget vote, a Democratic-sponsored bill to allocate $7.5 million for family planning services was voted out of both the Assembly and Senate, strictly along party lines. However, the bill was vetoed by Christie.