TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Assembly passed two bills Thursday to help expand access to reproductive health services in New Jersey.
The first bill, A2134 passed by a vote of 47-20-6. It will reinstate the $7.45 million in reproductive health care funding cuts made by former Gov. Chris Christie. This funding goes toward critical health care services, including cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The second bill, A1656, would expand Medicaid coverage for reproductive health services to more New Jersey women. It passed 52-20 with bipartisan support.
The New Jersey Legislature has voted on these bills numerous times in previous sessions in order to restore funding for family planning services to the state budget; however, Christie repeatedly vetoed those bills. The bill now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk, where it is expected that he will sign the bill into law, after having made the funding restoration a central aspect of his campaign.
“We applaud the Assembly for passing this bill, and thank all of our legislative champions who have stood up for New Jersey women over the last eight years,” said Christine Sadovy, Legislative and Political Director with Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.
Murphy made his position on women’s health well known on the campaign trail, where he pledged not only to restore funding, but also to work to fill the gaps left by nearly a decade of withheld resources.