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Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey (PPAFNJ) called on Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey state legislature to fully fund family planning services in the 3-month FY20 extension budget and the 9-month FY21 budget. While our state’s decision makers have incredibly tough decisions to make in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring access to health care should be an easy choice to make.

To highlight the need for family planning funding, which helps support nearly 50 providers across the state, including Planned Parenthood, FQHCs, independent family planning providers, and county health departments, PPAFNJ released two fact sheets: “Family Planning Funding in New Jersey: Essential Health Care During a Pandemic” and “A Closer Look at New Jersey’s Family Planning Funding.” These documents highlight the importance of fully funding family planning in the state budget – both from an economic perspective, and a health care perspective.

STIs

The number of cases of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) has increased 35 percent statewide since funding for family planning services was cut from the state budget in 2010. Half of New Jersey counties have experienced an increase of nearly 50 percent or more. Sexually transmitted infections, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues like infertility and certain types of cancer.

Breast and Cervical Cancer

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of breast and cervical cancer cases has risen 5.2 percent among all New Jersey women, 6.6 percent among Black women, and an alarming 25.1 percent among Latinas. The unfortunate reality is that women of color in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care than white women, and so are less likely to get preventive screenings, more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast and cervical cancer because of these barriers.

Contraception

More than 435,000 women across New Jersey need contraception that is publicly funded, a 5 percent increase since 2010. The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and a reduced taxpayer burden.

County Fact Sheets

A summary of how the cuts immediately affected access to care, county-by-county.

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Local Impact of Cuts to Family Planning

To date, six of the 58 family planning health centers have closed so far as a result of the state cut.

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Impact of State Budget Cuts to Women’s Health Programs

In 2010, Governor Chris Christie eliminated a state budget line that allocated $7.45 million for basic, preventive reproductive health care services.

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