It’s only been a few days since New Jersey lost hope of reinstating their family planning funding, and the media is still reacting.
The Ashbury Park Press rips into the Republicans that voted for the veto override then turned their backs on women when it came time to revote:
Call it short-sighted. Call it a failure of political courage. But whatever else you call it, it is outrageous that New Jersey is now the only state in the union to eliminate, rather than reduce, funding for family planning services.
The state Senate, in a strict party-line vote, fell four votes short Monday in its effort to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of $7.5 million for 58 family planning health centers after seven Republicans who backed the bill in June voted against it. Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, was among them.
The crocodile tears of Republicans who voted against the override should fool no one. Their public statements amount to variations of “What a shame that so many worthy programs have to be cut in these tough economic times.”
Family planning services are not merely “worthy.” They are a moral imperative. They have provided poor, uninsured and underinsured women access to birth control, breast exams, pap smears and prenatal care. A provision in the bill to restore the funding specifically prohibited the use of public dollars to fund abortions.
Family planning services provide an opportunity for people to act responsibly. The Republicans should give them a chance to do so by acting responsibly themselves.
Daily Record columnist Fred Snowflack calls the move an utter lack of leadership on family planning for the GOP, with many Republicans too cowed to buck their own party.
The governor vetoed the bill and if voting patterns stayed the same, the veto would have been overturned. The voting patterns did not stay the same. When an override vote was taken this week in the Senate, all seven Republicans who had
originally backed family planning money changed their votes.
Why? There is no logical explanation other than the fact they were unwilling to disagree with the governor.
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, called the entire episode a “”tip of the hat to the right wing of the Republican party.”
Christie, of course, has every right to tip his hat to the right wing of the Republican party. In fact, he can embrace it anytime he wants. He is the governor, you know, and ever since he began his campaign for governor, he has been anti-abortion. Curiously, the governor was not pro-life when he ran for the state Assembly in 1995, but why worry about ancient history now? Christie surely showed his current colors on this issue when he supported Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris Plains, an abortion opponent, for state party chairman. Webber, you may recall, exchanged op-ed columns in this paper with a Planned Parenthood official over this very issue of family planning money.
The unfortunate thing here was not the governor’s veto. It was that seven Republican senators changed their mind and supported the governor’s veto over their original intentions.
Sadly, non of the media outrage will have any affect on the clinics facing crisis, with one already shut down, and more in the process of closing as well.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
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September 24, 2010
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- TOWN SQUARE: Personhood foes say measure would kill romance – Colorado Springs Gazette
- Prop 2 backers brace for legal challenges – KTUU
- La. Judge Allows Abortion Clinic To Stay Open Until Legal Challenges Resolved – Medical News Today (press release)
- Mexico’s abortion ban – Louisville Courier-Journal
- No on Amendment 62 – Daily Camera
- No place for abortion – Toledo Blade
September 23, 2010
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- Vote flip-flop inexcusable – Asbury Park Press
- Standing up for life – Arkansas Catholic
- Column: Sex ed will increase abortions – Wausau Daily Herald
- Sex Ed Week of Action: take our quiz and win a prize! – AlterNet (blog)
- Addressing AIDS can propel progress in development, Migiro says – UN News Centre
- Clinton Global Initiative 2010: Commitments on Empowering Women – WorldChanging
- Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist – Exchange Morning Post
- Obama Administration in Retreat on AIDS – NJ TODAY
- The midterms: The Dems’ Big 10 problems – msnbc.com
- GOP state representative candidate Marston denies anti-abortion stance – Wicked Local
- Longmont Mother Promotes Safe Sex At Dance – KKTV 11 News
- AUL Action: Planned Parenthood is getting desperate – IowaPolitics.com (press release)
- Why ‘Teen Mom’ Needed An Abortion – The Stir (blog)
- Condoms, birth control prove less effective than simple abstinence – K-State Collegian
- Life and Liberty – Family Research Council (blog)
- UN To Announce $40B Commitment Toward Maternal, Child Health Goals – Medical News Today (press release)
- USAID finishes Azerbaijan Reproductive Health and Family Planning Project – Azerbaijan Business Center
- Merrill schools look to revamp sex ed – Wausau Daily Herald
- MDGs: Donors hold key to HIV-free generation – Plus News
- No GOP leadership on family planning – Dailyrecord.com
- Teaching Sex Ed to Teens During Week of Action – Public News Service
- Education must be in line with realities – News-Leader.com
- Superintendent has parent’s support – News-Leader.com
- NJ family planning centers feel state cuts – Philadelphia Inquirer
- Christine O’Donnell’s real roots – Los Angeles Times
- Bayonne’s new assemblyman is pushing to restore governor’s cuts to women’s … – The Jersey Journal – NJ.com
- Board OKs sex-education curriculum – Washington Daily News
- Family planning adversely affecting Shanghai growth – Sify