New Jersey Senate Fails to Restore Taxpayer Funding for Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt
September 20, 2010
Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) — The New Jersey state Senate today failed to override a veto Governor Chris Christie issued to yank taxpayer funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Christie decided to prevent $7.5 million in state taxpayer funds from going it while the state faces an $11 billion deficit.
Christie won the praise of pro-life advocates in July by vetoing a bill that would restore the family planning funds his administration cut from the state budget because of deep economic troubles.
Although it doesn’t fund abortions directly, the money goes to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The funds go to 58 family planning clinics but Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, runs 29 of the facilities.
After Christie cut the funding, the state legislature approved a bill to restore it and they approved the bill he vetoed on a 30-10 vote on the Senate, more than enough to override.
However, Republicans who supported the bill would not buck their party’s governor by supporting the override vote.
Although a majority of the Senate voted to restore the abortion businesses’ funding, the Senate voted on a party-line 23-17 vote, well short of the two-thirds needed to override.
Democratic State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), told the Star Ledger newspaper that they may have found a way to get funding to Planned Parenthood. After the vote they touted an unspent fund set aside in the 2010 budget to pay for housing prisoners that they say could be used to fund most of the money Christie cut from the abortion business.
"Through this bill, we will be able to find additional surplus funds contained with the Governor’s budget to restore at least a portion of the resources for women’s health programs," they said, according to the paper.
State Sens. Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Christopher Connors (R-Ocean), Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) and Robert Singer (R-Ocean), along with are a few of the Republicans to change their votes.
Christie thinks there’s little reason to send the abortion centers $7.5 million when the state currently faces an $11 billion deficit.
He said the "unprecedented financial difficulties" of the state made it so the money was better off not spent.
"Reproductive health care services will continue to be available in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties, including Planned Parenthood clinics, local health department clinics, standing free clinics, and hospital-based clinics," he said.
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