Speaking Up About New Jersey’s Failings

Promoted by Rosi. FYI Deciminyan has been live-Tweeting from the NJ Assembly budget discussion for hours – from @bluejersey – and it is hot.

Another year, another state budget.  The Democratic sponsored budget proposals are being considered today in Trenton.  They restore funding for women’s health and family planning, and require the state to go after federal funding available to cover reproductive health services.  Outrageously, there is another proposal being pushed by some Republicans that claims to fund ‘women’s health’ but prohibits any funding from going to Planned Parenthood.  The classic bait and switch but with disasterous consquences for the women of New Jersey.

So who are these women that rely on providers like Planned Parenthood?  Let me introduce you to one of my favorites, Angela Giacchetti. A few months ago, Angela posted a video to YouTube to stand up for Planned Parenthood in the face of attacks here in New Jersey.

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Angela has also taken her message to other websites like Feministing, where she recently blogged about the crisis facing New Jersey’s women and families. It’s a powerful message:

Last year, Governor Christie completely eliminated New Jersey’s state budget for women’s health and family planning. This funding helped provide basic reproductive health care services to over 136,000 New Jersey residents. I’m talking about gynecological exams, contraception, health screenings (blood pressure, anemia and diabetes), cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and counseling, pregnancy testing and pre-pregnancy counseling. All of this, totally slashed, throwing typical New Jerseyians like me under the bus. This forced many health clinics like Planned Parenthood to cut down their hours and some have closed completely.

Not only does limiting access to safe, affordable care affect the health of a population, but it is also a strain on all of our wallets. According to the Guttmacher Institute, adequate funding for family planning reduces state costs for pre-natal and delivery, abortion, welfare and social services. For every public dollar spent on family planning services, an estimated $4 is saved in Medicaid costs.

If you have a story to tell, please join Angela in speaking out and standing up for Planned Parenthood. There’s only so much we can do on our own as an organization. It truly is up to all of you to get engaged in the fight for women’s health.

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