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NJ Senate Considers Bill to Restore Clinic Funding

The New Jersey state Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would restore $7.5 to the state’s 58 women’s health clinics. Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), who is sponsoring the bill, stated that six clinics have closed since Governor Chris Christie (R) cut funding last year.

Governor Christie said that he believes that Weinberg “is mischaracterizing women’s access to health care,” claiming that since women already have access to federally funded clinics, state funding is not necessary. Nevertheless, Christie announced that he would consider the bill as part of a larger budget deal.

Sources:

Associated Press 5/19/11; National Partnership for Women and Families 5/23/11