$7.5M for women’s health care vetoed

TRENTON – The governor on Friday vetoed legislation yet again that would have earmarked $7.5 million for women’s health care.

Gov. Chris Christie issued an absolute veto for S2825/A4172, which would have provided $7.453 million as a supplemental FY 2013 appropriation for family planning services.

The money, supporters say, is necessary due to clinics closing and which they specifically pledge won’t go to fund abortions.

Yet Christie each year has taken that money out of the budget.

The elimination of this funding has resulted in both the closing of facilities that provide family planning services and a reduction in the availability of such services, the bill sponsors have said. 

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck, said during a recent hearing that the money is needed because women deserve to have equal access to healthcare for screenings or reproductive healthcare.

“I’m hoping this is a new day,” she said about garnering bipartisan support for the bill. She said since it’s apparent that money is available for what she described as an “unnecessary” special election for the U.S. Senate, some state funds could be used to open some of the six  women’s health clinics that were shuttered.

$7.5M for women’s health care vetoed