Women’s services hit hard by Christie cuts
War on Women continues.
When Gov. Chris Christie cut a $7.5 million line from his $30 billion budget in 2010 to fund women’s health programs, he said it was to eliminate paying for duplicate services.
His critics, however, contend it has everything to do with stopping abortions.
Planned Parenthood of New Jersey — and other medical providers including nonprofits, local health departments and hospital-based clinics — relied on that funding for their own operating budgets. The line was never restored in subsequent budgets, and Planned Parenthood officials said losing the funding has caused the shuttering of several offices.
From June 2010 to June 2011, Planned Parenthood and similar providers statewide saw 16,340 fewer visits to their centers, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey’s statewide coordinator Michele Jaker said. She said there were 81,978 visits to centers statewide from June 2009 to June 2010. That number was down 20 percent just one year later, to 65,638.