Brent Johnson | August 22, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |
Planned Parenthood’s New Jersey affiliates forfeited millions of dollars in funding this week by withdrawing from a federal program in protest of a controversial new rule from President Donald Trump’s administration barring them from telling patients where they can get an abortion.
But state Senate President Stephen Sweeney vowed Wednesday to work with Gov. Phil Murphy and other lawmakers to provide nearly $9 million more in state taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood and other clinics to cover any lost federal funds.
“Health care is absolutely a right, and we need to ensure the funds and services are there for the population that utilizes it,” Sweeney, D-Gloucester, told reporters at a news conference at Planned Parenthood in Trenton.
“They’re standing on principle, and they’re standing because they’re right,” he added. “Denying information to people who need to make decisions about health care is not acceptable.”
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