New Jersey Democrats Want Christie Planned Parenthood Veto Override
by Steven Ertelt | Trenton, NJ | LifeNews.com | 7/8/11 12:29 PM
Democrats in the state legislature are using a special legislative session to attempt to override the veto pro-life Gov. Chris Christie issued to prevent taxpayers from having to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Christie vetoed state taxpayer funding for family planning programs a second time earlier this month because the New Jersey is facing a fiscal crisis. Leading pro-life groups also called on Christie to veto the funding because public money goes to Planned Parenthood, which has been found to violate health and safety laws on abortions, aided sex traffickers in arranging abortions for victims, and engaged in financial impropriety.
The New Jersey Senate passed a measure to restore the $7.5 million in funding 26-13 with all of the Senate Democrats voting to restore the Planned Parenthood funds along with Republicans Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced the Senate will be in session on Monday to try to override some of the Governor’s line item vetoes, incuding the $7.5 million family planning funding, noted as SCR-10.
“The $7.5M line item for family planning may be on the top of the list so it is imperative,” that pro-life advocates call their legislators to oppose the override, says New Jersey Right to Life director Marie Tasy.
“On June 29, Republican Senators Allen and Beck introduced a Bill, S3003, to provide up to $6.3M to use taxpayer money to fund many of the member organizations that are part of Planned Parenthood’s network of family planning providers,” she explained to LifeNews. “S3003 is NOT a compromise and should be opposed. In addition to Senators Allen and Beck, the bill is co-sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Robert Singer and Kip Bateman.”
“Please call and email your State Legislators and tell them to vote No to override the Governor’s line item veto of $7.5M for family planning and also tell them to vote no on S3003,” Tasy said.
Tasy said there are three main reasons, other than the fact that it is the biggest abortion business, to de-fund Planned Parenthood in the Garden State. First, Planned Parenthood was found to have engaged in improper billing practices.
“Last August, the Star Ledger reported that the U.S. Inspector General’s Audits from 2001-2005 specifically cited Planned Parenthood providers for improperly billing Medicaid $597,000 for family planning services which the state had to repay,” Tasy explained.
Planned Parenthood was also found to have aided and abetted the sex trafficking of minors and it failed to comply with health and safety regulations.
“In February, an employee at the Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood family planning clinic was caught on tape aiding and abetting in the sex trafficking of minor girls as young as 13 years old,” she said. “In March, the Planned Parenthood family planning and abortion facility in Mercer County was inspected by the NJ Department of Health and issued a 39 page deficiency report for non-compliance with health and safety regulations, including the failure to properly sterilize a reusable vaginal ultrasound.”
“Unlike the lawmakers who are playing politics to curry favor with their base, Governor Christie is protecting the women and young girls of New Jersey by refusing to use our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood family planning clinics,” Tasy concluded. “Lawmakers pushing for funding of Planned Parenthood family planning clinics should be held accountable, not only for their advocacy of an organization that has repeatedly aided and abetted the sex traffickers and abusers of minor girls, but for also trying to force taxpayers to be complicit in these reprehensible acts against women and young girls.”
Recently, New Jersey Right to Life exposed a 39-page deficiency report obtained through an Open Public Records Act Request. The Report was issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and involved a recent inspection of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County’s abortion and family planning clinic citing numerous health and safety violations. This report follows a videotape showing a Planned Parenthood clinic employee aiding and abetting sex traffickers of minor girls as young as 13.
“By pushing to fund Planned Parenthood in spite of its criminal activity and violation of health and safety laws, both of which place the lives of women and young girls in immediate danger, Senator Weinberg proves she is not a champion of women,” Tasy said. “She is a champion and tireless advocate for Planned Parenthood and is fighting to fund them with our hard earned money.”
In early February, an employee at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey was caught on videotape working with an alleged sex trafficking ring operator to get abortions done on the underage girls he claimed he was exploiting.
A recent inspection last month of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County finds the clinic in the state capital was cited for numerous health code violations which have placed the lives and health of women and young girls in imminent danger.
The New Jersey Department of Health conducted the surveys on March 10 and 11 and found Planned Parenthood of Mercer County improperly used syringes and compounds, it was guilty of improper training and qualifications of staff on pain management and health care counseling (including abortions), the facility failed to have infection control program in place and failed to require physical exams for staff.
Health officials also determined the Planned Parenthood center did not test staff for rubella and TB, the medical director failed to designate a replacement for times of absence, the Planned Parenthood did not ensure adequate protections were in place for drug adverse reactions and medication errors, did not have procedures in place regarding dangerous substances, did not have a written agreement with a pharmacy licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy, did not have adequate infection controls in place, was not using and sterilizing medical instruments and devices — including a vaginal ultrasound — properly, and did not provide any proof that the facility is a formal member of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium as required by law.
The inspection, written up in an April 7 letter, also noted Planned Parenthood failed to maintain hot running water in patient care areas, and it had several sanitary and safety violations involving patient care and many other administrative deficiencies.
After a U.S. Inspector General report showed New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning, the state had to return $2.9 million to the Medicaid program.
ACTION: Contact your state legislators at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ to vote against SCR-10 and ask Governor Christie to veto S3003, if it reaches him, by calling 609 292-6000 or going to http://www.nj.gov/nj/feedback.html