The pro-life cause is suffering some setbacks in a few states. “New Jersey’s new Democratic governor signed a bill Wednesday that restores $7.5 million in family planning funds to Planned Parenthood and other medical facilities, reversing a longstanding veto of his predecessor, Republican Gov. Chris Christie,” the Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday.
This is the very first bill that Governor Phil Murphy signed into law since taking office this year. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, attended the signing ceremony and stood by Gov. Murphy.
The Examiner also notes the strong contrast between this bill and the actions of Murphy’s predecessor in office: “During his two terms, Christie vetoed bills from the Democratic-controlled legislature that would have provided funding to Planned Parenthood, cutting off funds shortly after taking office in 2010. An estimated $60 million in funding was cut off during that time, during which six clinics in the state closed and 14 other facilities reduced hours, according to local news organization NJ.com.”
Murphy also signed another bill that permits Medicaid funds in New Jersey to be directed to Planned Parenthood. Similarly, a federal court ruled on the same day that the state of Kansas cannot block Medicaid funds from going to the abortion giant.