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Sires, Menendez, Booker Announce Over $6M in Federal Funding to Support Family Planning, Health Care Services Across NJ

Aug 28, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) –U.S. Congressman Albio Sires, along with U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker, today announced that the New Jersey Family Planning League has been awarded $6,481,000 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support New Jersey’s Title X family planning programs and reproductive health services across the state.

“In a political climate where women’s health care is increasingly under attack, I am encouraged that New Jersey will receive this critical funding to provide essential health care and family planning services for women and families throughout the state,” said Rep. Albio Sires. “Title X programming provides diverse health care services that many in underserved communities rely on as their primary source of care. We must continue to fight for federal funding of Title X programming and the indispensable services these centers provide.”

 “The Trump Administration’s proposal to undermine the Title X family planning program would reduce access to health care for millions of women across the country and is another example of their continuous efforts to interfere with women’s personal health care decisions,” said Sen. Menendez. “I fought hard to preserve the Title X program and I will continue to fight to make sure women living in low-income communities in New Jersey have access to the family planning and reproductive health services they deserve.”

The New Jersey Family Planning League, located in Newark, will distribute the funding to various Planned Parenthood centers and Community Health Centers across the state.

“By providing funding for reproductive and preventive health services, Title X programming continues to improve overall health outcomes for women and families across New Jersey who need it most,” said Sen. Booker.  “Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant in our commitment to protecting comprehensive reproductive health care and family planning services for some of our most vulnerable New Jerseyans through federal funding like this.”

In May, the Trump Administration announced plans to implement a domestic gag rule on Title X, the only federal grant program solely dedicated to family planning and related preventive services. 

For more than 40 years, the Title X program has successfully provided comprehensive family planning and health care services for millions of lower-income Americans. Each year, roughly four million people rely on Title X-funded health centers for basic preventive health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted infection screenings, pregnancy testing, and well-woman exams. In keeping with longstanding legal, ethical and medical standards of health care, Title X providers can offer patients medically accurate counseling on and referrals for all pregnancy options-including parenting, adoption, and abortion.

The moves by the Trump Administration to restrict grantees, limit the information providers are permitted to provide their patients, and attempts to undermine the program’s focus will disproportionately impact communities of color, the uninsured, and low-income individuals, and could reverse progress made in critical areas. Title X has helped women avoid 822,000 unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 387,000 unplanned births and 278,000 abortions. Title X also yields critical cost savings to the American healthcare system - every dollar invested in Title X saves more than seven dollars in Medicaid-related costs.