By Dave Andrusko
When legislatures are dominated by pro-abortion Democrats and the governor’s office is, likewise, in lockstep with Planned Parenthood, you get the state of New Jersey passing a law that “will provide $9.5 million more in state taxpayer money to family-planning clinics such as Planned Parenthood to make up for federal funding they forfeited by opposing a controversial abortion rule from President Donald Trump’s administration,” according to reporter Brent Johnson. The bill–A5802–immediately allocates funding for the current fiscal year which runs through June 30, Johnson reported.
The “controversial rule” restored Title X family planning regulations to prohibit grantees from co-locating with abortion clinics, or from referring clients for abortion. No money was cut, but the rule ensures that health facilities receiving Title X funds do not perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. PPFA, wedded to abortion, opted out.
Pro-abortion Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “dressed in a pink tie, pocket square, and socks to match the color of Planned Parenthood’s logos,” said, “[T]oday, we’re making a conscious decision to stand with Planned Parenthood and with all who stand for reproductive rights, and to stop President Trump from harming our fellow New Jerseyans.”
Democrats have huge majorities in both houses and the measure passed easily last year. The vote in the Senate was 25-15, while in the state Assembly the vote was 49-21.