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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Murphy restores Planned Parenthood funding

By David Wildstein, February 21 2018 11:35 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has restored $7.45 million in funding to Planned Parenthood and other women’s health facilities that was cut by his predecessor, Chris Christie.

This was his first bill signing since taking office last month.

“We cannot immediately undo the damage of eight years of vetoed women’s health care funding under Governor Christie,” Murphy said. “But we can put the era of putting personal politics before the needs of countless thousands of New Jerseyans behind us. We are one state, one family, and we will stand in support of everyone’s access to family planning, to prenatal care, and to life-saving cancer screenings.”

Murphy also signed legislation offering Medicaid coverage for family planning services to low-income individuals and announced that the state will remove NJ FamilyCare’s restriction on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception immediately post-partum.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said he made restoring women’s health care a priority and praised the Assembly sponsors of the bill Murphy signed.

“Their hard work has paid off for the benefit of everyone. I was excited to advance these bills, and even more excited to see them become law,” Coughlin said.

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