New Jersey is considering making up the funding gap for Planned Parenthood in the state after the abortion giant pulled out of the Title X family planning program last week, based on its refusal to comply with new restrictions on how the funding may be used.
Lawmakers in New Jersey are mulling an $8.8 million state funding boost to Planned Parenthood, on top of the already-existing $10.5 million in the state budget for the abortion giant, which includes $7.5 million restored last year by Governor Chris Murphy when he took office. The new money would come from the state’s $1.2 billion surplus via an appropriations bill.
Since Planned Parenthood pulled out of the Title X program, the organization in New Jersey has been seeking donations and claims to be operating on emergency funds, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Executive Director for New Jersey Right to Life, Marie Tasy, said Planned Parenthood’s willingness to leave people in the lurch by refusing to comply with Title X “demonstrates how committed they are to their abortion business,” according to NJ.com. New Jersey Right to Life is attempting to mobilize pro-life New Jersey residents to make their voice heard against what it labels as an attempt to get the state to “foot the bill for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.”
Bizarrely, New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman called the new protections ensuring that taxpayer funds do not go to support abortions “evil,” despite it being a popular rule amongst the general public. She further stated, “We don’t get in the middle of a doctor-patient relationship with politics.”
In 2011, Planned Parenthood abortion center in New Jersey was featured in a Live Action undercover investigation, showing a willingness to aid sex traffickers to get abortions for underage girls in their employ:
A spokesperson for Governor Murphy said the office was conferring with Planned Parenthood and local family planning affiliates “to assess the need of the program and how the state might step in,” but did not specifically commit to supporting the measure. “The Murphy Administration stands firm and proud in our support of women’s health and family planning services in New Jersey in the face of the Trump Administration’s dangerous and unethical rule,” said Alyana Alfaro in a statement for the governor’s office.
Nationally, most Title X beneficiaries aren’t going to Planned Parenthood. In New Jersey, out of 45 clinics that receive Title X funding, 22 are operated by Planned Parenthood, according to NJBiz.com. About 70% of Title X patients received services from a Planned Parenthood, due to the organization’s stranglehold on the area. In August of last year, only about $2 million was granted to 23 Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the state.
The details of the bill would need to need to be agreed upon by other leaders of the Democratic-controlled Assembly, and an Appropriations bill could be voted upon in September.
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