Most New Jerseyans support state funding for reproductive health services. According to a newly-released poll from the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, that support measures 78 percent. The poll found virtually the same level of support for federal funding.
Advocates of state funding rallied yesterday across from the State House in Trenton to show their solidarity with Planned Parenthood and against Gov. Chris Christie’s latest expected line-item budget veto of state funding for family planning clinics. (Sixty-five percent of New Jersey residents in a recent poll said they support Planned Parenthood.)
The governor has consistently vetoed a $7.5 million budget line item for family planning clinics during his time in office, citing a tough economy and his opposition to abortion for those vetoes.
Among the protesters yesterday was Lizette DelGado, political director for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. “Many of us have stood in the rain and protested and done everything to no avail because he’s so proud on how he strikes the veto with his magnificent pen, playing with women’s lives,” she said.
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