NJ replaces Planned Parenthood funding lost in battle with the White House

Governor Phil Murphy signs legislation appropriating $9.5 million for family planning services to replace critical federal funding impacted by the Trump Administration’s Title X gag rule in Trenton on January 2, 2019.
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has approved an extra $9.5 million in state funding for family planning services in the Garden State. 

The added appropriation comes in direct response to the Trump administration’s changes in Title X funding, imposing what many call a "gag rule" on groups like Planned Parenthood from giving reproductive information to women in need.

"President Trump made a conscious decision to block women from vital information critical to their health," the governor told reporters and supporters at a bill signing event in Trenton. "Planned Parenthood made a conscious decision to continuing providing vital information to their patients, knowing it would cost them much needed federal funds. And today, we’re making a conscious decision to stand with Planned Parenthood and with all who support reproductive rights, and to stop President Trump from harming our fellow New Jerseyans."  

Murphy hopes the federal restrictions are eventually lifted, but this will have to do for now.

"We will not let the health and well-being of the thousands and thousands of New Jersey women who rely on Planned Parenthood be jeopardized," he added. "This is our commitment. Everyone who walks through the door of Planned Parenthood will have access to every bit of information they need to make the decisions that are best for them. Period."

Murphy’s first act as governor two years ago was to restore funding cuts made to women’s health care during the Christie administration. Legislators approved the added appropriation last month.