OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling today called for New Jersey to join Planned Parenthood in support of Title X healthcare services and to close the funding gap in women’s healthcare left by new federal rules.
“We cannot tolerate the administration’s attack on women’s healthcare, and I’m proud to see Planned Parenthood sticking so strongly to its to its values,” said Downey (D-Freehold). “If the federal government won’t do it, it’s time for New Jersey to step in and make sure that every woman can continue to receive essential services like pap smears, STI treatments, and pregnancy counseling. I was proud to be a sponsor of New Jersey’s legislation fully funding women’s healthcare services, and I’ll keep fighting to make sure that Planned Parenthood has all the support they need to perform this critical work.”
“Title X funding ensures that every American, no matter their income, can access and afford birth control and reproductive healthcare,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “The administration’s so-called ‘gag rule’ is a cruel and unprecedented attack on women’s healthcare, and Planned Parenthood is well within its rights to stand up for the needs of their patients. We stand with Planned Parenthood.”
Title X funding is provided under a federal program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. New Jersey currently receives $8.3 million in federal funding for Title X services, but a new federal rule would require women’s health clinics such as Planned Parenthood to sacrifice that funding unless they complied with a so-called “gag rule.” Under the gag rule, it would be illegal for health care providers in the Title X program to tell patients how or where to access an abortion. New Jersey’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates formally withdrew from the federal program in order to preserve their ability to provide affordable and accessible reproductive health care services.