New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today vetoed a bill the New Jersey legislature approved that would have sent $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.
Christie repeatedly has cut funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business — slashing millions in taxpayer funds for a group that was caught engaging in fraud using taxpayer dollars. Christie, who is pro-life, vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times before he ran for re-election in a state that is not known as a bastion of conservatism.
Now he’s vetoed it a 6th time, to the delight of Marie Teasy of New Jersey Right to Life.
“I have great news! Yesterday, our Pro-Life Governor Chris Christie once again vetoed two bills which would have used our state tax dollars to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider,” Tasy emailed LifeNews.com. “On June 27, both the Senate and Assembly voted in favor of A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017 to use your hard earned tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood.”
“Please call and email Governor Christie at 609-292-6000 and thank him for vetoing these bills. Our Governor has remained steadfast in his unwavering commitment to protect NJ taxpayers from funding this scandal ridden abortion conglomerate, and he deserves our praise for doing so. In fact, Governor Christie was the first Governor of a state to eliminate taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood from a state budget,” she urged pro-life people to do.
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Tasy is worried about a possible override vote.
“If your legislators voted in favor of these bills,call them to express your outrage and tell them you expect them to vote No on any attempt to override a veto. Don’t forget to thank your legislators if they voted No on these bills,” Tasy said.
ACTION: You can send an email message to the Governor from the following link of his website HERE . Select “Health” as the first topic, and Family/Health as the sub-topic. Click here to see how your State Senator and two Assembly members voted and contact them accordingly.
As LifeNews reported, Tasy testified against the funding bills on June 23 during an Assembly budget committee meeting, but she said pro-abortion Democrats tried to censor the truth from the public eye.
“I was repeatedly and rudely shouted at and gaveled down by the Chair, Asm. Gary Schaer, and only given about 1 minute and a half to provide remarks while PP officials were allowed to provide testimony uninterrupted and were even praised and thanked by the Chair,” Tasy said. “Our comments did not make it into the news coverage even though our written remarks were provided to the press.”
The taxpayer dollars that used to go to Planned Parenthood currently fund federally qualified health centers in New Jersey that offer comprehensive health care to women and families.
“Everything from cancer screenings and mammograms for women to prostate cancer screenings for men to diabetes treatment and to everything in between that can lead folks to greater healthcare available to them and can lead to greater health results for each and every person who walks through the door,” Gov. Christie said previously.
Christie previously said he would not compromise on funding the abortion business.
“When they send me Planned Parenthood funding year after year after year – I am the first governor to ever veto Planned Parenthood funding out of the budget …” he said during a conservative political conference.
The state defunded the abortion giant after it was found engaging in fraudulent Medicaid activity in New Jersey.
The U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services uncovered a consistent problem with New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business. A government audit found that they were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning.
An initial audit revealed New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90% rate for 160,955 prescription drug claims that were billed as family planning, but did not qualify as family planning services. A letter from the Inspector General to New Jersey officials recommended that New Jersey repay $2,219,746 to the federal government.
The state eventually did return the $2.9 million to the federal government.