N.J. Senate Approves Restoring Funding For Women’s Health Clinics

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Senate approved a measure to restore $7.5 million for women’s health clinics, but Democrats failed to get a veto-proof majority.

Gov. Chris Christie cut the money from the current year’s budget.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck led the push to restore the money. The new effort came after officials determined that state tax revenues were higher than expected.

Democrats have accused Christie of cutting the money to appease the anti-abortion wing of the Republican Party. Some of the clinics perform abortions, although no state money is used for that purpose.

Christie cited the state’s dire fiscal conditions as the reason for the cut.

The State Assembly has not yet voted on the measure, which would help keep 52 clinics open that serve poor, young and uninsured women.

Should the money be restored? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Robert J Senn

    why is there no clinic for men is the senate that big of bigots and spent all that moneey they did not involve everyone

    • Michael H.

      Women’s health means OB-GYN doctors. Do you have ovaries, a uterus and a vagina, Robert?

  • lhwrites

    The money should be restored. Even in dire financial times health care and education should be cut last, and as sparingly as possibly. These clinics tend to help poorer women without access to health insurance, or limited access. People with good health plans are not the ones who pay when these cuts occur. The same Republicans that cut health care to the poor are the same ones that stand against health care reform to supply health coverage to everyone. How we treat the poor and sick, and how we educate our youth show what kind of society we are…and what kind of society we will be.

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