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Lawmakers pass $7.5M in spending for women’s health

February 15, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly approved $7.5 million in spending for family-planning and women’s health.

The Democrat-led Assembly passed the legislation Thursday. It’s a small fraction of the state’s nearly $35 billion budget, but the legislation has taken on political significance during the former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

Christie, a Republican, vetoed similar legislation throughout his two terms, saying the funding circumvented the budget process.

But this year, under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy the legislation looks on pace to become law. Murphy has said he would sign legislation restoring funding to family-planning services, like Planned Parenthood.

Democrats who control the Legislature say funding is needed for preventive care, including breast and cervical cancer screenings. The legislation bars funding from being used for abortions.

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