A veto for family planning

Gov. Chris Christie made news on a Friday afternoon in July with his veto pen.

Perhaps the most controversial veto had to do with $7.4 million added to the budget at the last minute for women’s health services; the governor said, in effect, the state does not have the money. 

Critics contend he is turning his back on women’s health issues. Here is what Planned Parenthood had to say:
“We were outraged to hear that the Governor has vetoed legislation that provided funding for women’s health care in New Jersey.  Not only did this bill have its own funding source, but it allowed the state to leverage significant federal funding for these services.”

Dems can try to override, but the votes are probably not there.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

4 Responses to A veto for family planning

  1. Ed Ramirez says:

    You know at one time Planned Parenthood was a valid organization where all forms of parenting decisions were open to discussion. Over the years it has turned into an organization that’s primary focus is making sure that under any circumstance a woman has the right to kill the baby inside her body. All you have to do is Google “Corrupt Planned Parenthood” and read hundreds of stories of Planned Parenthood employees breaking the laws regarding sex with minors and directing minors to out of state abortion mill, even at the age of thirteen. In just one case the employee told the thirteen year old that she did not want to know the fact that the girl had sex with a 31 year old. The employees completely neglect the fact that this girl is 13 years and she even coaches the girl on how to get an illegal abortion out-of-state. Go to the attached web page and see for yourself, http://drdapo.com/health/planned-parenthood-corruption/

    We have great needs for our tax money than to provide financial support for abortionist and too say the least, help them break the law and corrupt little girls

  2. Ed:
    The governor, I guess, needs to cater to the far right and that is what he is doing here. I am proud to support an organization like Planned Parenthood that seeks to help women when they need it most and my guess is that a majorirty of residents in the state agree.

  3. Ed Ramirez says:

    Like I said in the begging of my post they use to be a good Organization providing many options but now they are centered on Abortion go to that site I put on my first post. I generally feel that an abortion is a personal thing that should be between ones Family Clergy and their Doctor, but not when the law on statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a minor are openly broken. Parents have a right to know what is being done to the children especially a procedure that can kill them.

  4. ML says:

    This bill funds Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the state allegedly for Women’s Health and Family Services.

    Below is my eyewitness account of a small portion of the debate on S2139 the “Woman’s Health and Family Services Appropriation Act”

    Thursday, June 24 during the afternoon session of the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Jay Webber voiced concerns regarding the $7.453 million Women’s Health and Family Services Appropriations Act sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D). The persons testifying in support of the bill represented Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the state and those associated with Planned Parenthood as well as the sponsors of the legislation. Assemblymen Jay Webber (R), began his comments in opposition to the legislation by reading a document produced by Planned Parenthood International, which is widely distributed by most Planned Parenthood clinics and other associated facilities. The document radically introduces grade school children how to perform oral sex and techniques for “outer course.” Assemblymen Webber, prefaced his remarks by warning people that the document was extremely graphic and could be offensive.

    Vice Chairman of Appropriations Committee Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D), Hudson County vehemently complained stating; “is this really necessary. Mr. Chairman, I find this offensive,” she continued by directing her remarks to Assemblyman Webber. “I’m not offended by what you’re reading; I am offended that you are reading it.” So Assemblywoman Quigley isn’t offended by teaching grade school children the techniques of oral sex, and outer course. However, she is offended by having someone read the techniques to her. She went on to accuse Mr. Webber of making the Women’s Health and Family Services bill, a “religious censorship issue.” Assemblyman Webber had not mentioned religion, church or faith during his entire discussion about the bill. Assemblywoman Stender the assembly sponsor addressed Mr. Webber, accusing him of injecting his religious ideology into the debate. Mr. Webber answered back that he had not mentioned anything regarding religion or faith, stating to assemblywoman Stender. “I have not mentioned religion at all. You are the one who brought up religion you and Assemblywoman Quigley.”

    In my opinion both Quigley and Stender committed a hate crime against people of faith by asserting that any opposition to S2139 or A3019 the Assembly companion, is due to personal religious beliefs. Mr. Webber was expressing his concerns on behalf of his constituents, who overwhelmingly voted him to be their assemblyman. Mr. Webber was giving clear evidence of why he suspected the nearly 7 1/2 million dollars may be used for sex education to minors or for abortion services.

    During testimony of Planned Parenthood representatives, they openly admitted in their printed and oral testimony before the committee that Planned Parenthood performed 39,000 abortions in the state of New Jersey and prevented over 18,000 unwanted pregnancies. Jay Webber never mentioned religion, in his remarks until he pointed out that it was Quigley, Stender and Greenwald, who brought up the issue of religion.

    Assemblyman and Chairman Lou Greenwald also mentioned interjecting religion into the debate but accused Assemblyman Webber of not being germane to the bill. Mr Greenwald apparently missed the part of the bill that says “Family Services.” Planned Parenthood openly and actively through the rouse of sex education seeks to sexualize children at any age. Chairman Greenwald continuously interrupted Jay Weber and his testimony continuously accused him of being uncooperative and took it upon himself to state all Democrats and many members of Mr. Webber’s own Republican caucus are annoyed by Jay Webber’s testimony in various committees and on the floor. Mr Greenwald should be more concerned about what his colleagues have to say about him.

    It was a gross display of vicious politics on behalf of all those who support S2139. Every Democrat on the committee voted yes, all the Republicans voted no.

    Eyewitness: Gregory Quinlan
    Director of Government Affairs, New Jersey Family Policy Council

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