#NJAction for Family Planning

 

I need you to care enough about the women in your community to take 2 minutes for a very important phone call today to restore family planning funding back into budget.  We have one more shot at restoring this funding. If we fail, we must wait and hope for the new governor to do what’s right. Let’s not take the chance. Act NOW to help women.

In 2010, Governor Christie cut $7.45 million in funding for family planning services in New Jersey from the state budget. This funding accounted for less than 0.022% of the entire statewide budget –and seven years later, a cumulative total of more than $50 million has not been available to invest in keeping New Jersey healthy.  In a new report by Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, the real-world consequences for New Jersey residents when politicians block access to and defund basic family planning services, including cancer screenings and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are:

• The number of cases of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) has increased 35 percent statewide since funding for family planning services was cut from the state budget in 2010. Half of New Jersey counties have experienced an increase of nearly 50 percent or more. Sexually transmitted infections, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues like infertility and certain types of cancer.

• Between 2009 and 2013, the number of breast and cervical cancer cases has risen 5.2 percent among all New Jersey women, 6.6 percent among Black women, and an alarming 25.1 percent among Latinas. The unfortunate reality is that women of color in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care than white women, and so are less likely to get preventive screenings, more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast and cervical cancer because of these barriers.

More than 435,000 women across New Jersey need contraception that is publicly funded, a 5 percent increase since 2010. The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and a reduced taxpayer burden.

Statewide Impact of Cuts: How the cuts have affected New Jersey overall. A not-so-fun fact? Family planning centers were able to serve 24% less patients after the cuts.

County Impact of Cuts: A summary of how the cuts immediately affected access to care, county-by-county. Spoiler: Six of the 58 family planning health centers in New Jersey have closed so far as a result of the state cut.

LD 2 – Asm. Chris Brown (609) 677-8266 “Vote Yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 7 – Sen. Diane Allen (856) 314-8835 “I saw the ad online in the Burlington County Times and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 8 – Asw. Maria Rodriguez Gregg (609) 654-1498 “I saw the ad online in the Burlington County Times and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 11 – Sen. Jen Beck  (732) 933-1591 “I saw the ad online in the Asbury Park Press and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 13 – Asw. Amy Handlin (732) 383-7820 “I saw the ad online in the Asbury Park Press and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 16 – Asm. Jack Ciattarelli (908) 450-7064 “I saw the ad online in the Princeton Packet and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill A3492 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.

LD 39 – Asw. Holly Schepisi (201) 666-0881 “I saw the ad online in the Bergen Record and I’m calling to urge you to vote yes on bill S22 A3492 77 to override the governor and restore family planning funding”.