New Jersey Assembly members are scheduled to vote Monday on a bill to force taxpayers to fund the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood.
Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, said pro-life advocates will be in Trenton for the vote on Assembly Bill 5802, urging lawmakers to protect unborn babies and women. She described the bill as a “shameful funding scheme” to back up Planned Parenthood’s life-destroying abortion practices.
Pro-abortion lawmakers in the state already have $7.5 million budgeted for the abortion chain, but some pro-abortion Democrats want to do even more. The bill would force state taxpayers to give an additional $9.5 million exclusively to Planned Parenthood.
Lawmakers introduced the bill after the New Jersey Planned Parenthood affiliates and several other facilities rejected $8.8 million in Title X grants because of a new Trump administration rule. That rule requires abortion facilities to either stop aborting unborn babies or to completely separate their abortion businesses from their health services.
New Jersey is challenging the rule in a lawsuit with 19 other states. However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently allowed the Trump administration to enforce the rule until the legal challenges are resolved.
Most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, and New Jersey Right to Life noted that state lawmakers did not seek input or approval from the public on the new funding bill.
Tasy told NJ Advance Media in August that Planned Parenthood’s refusal of the Title X funds to provide low-income individuals with health care “demonstrates how committed they are to their abortion business.”
“All money is fungible,” Tasy said. “The funds they were getting were clearly being used to pay administrative expenses, salaries, electricity that their abortion business needed to be able to operate.”
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The state legislature is controlled by Democrats, and Gov. Phil Murphy is pro-abortion.
Prior to Murphy, Republican Gov. Chris Christie defunded Planned Parenthood in the state budget. Several years ago, the abortion group 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 percent 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 money to the federal government.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America, aborting about 330,000 unborn babies every year. Its annual report showed a record $1.66 billion in revenue in 2018.
ACTION: Tell New Jersey state lawmakers to vote no on S4103/A5802.