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On February 1, 2018, the NJ Senate Voted passed two bills that will use our tax dollars to create a financial boondoggle for Planned Parenthood.
On February 15, 2018, the NJ Assembly Voted on the same two bills. We are providing their votes here so you can see how your three legislators voted. Governor Murphy signed these bills into law on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Please make a note of how your 3 state legislators voted and call your legislators to express your outrage if they voted for these bills. Please also call your legislators if they voted No to thank them.
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Senate Vote on S105
Senate Vote on S120
S120 Assembly Vote
NATIONAL MICAIAH BILGER FEB 22, 2018 | 11:11AM WASHINGTON, DC
Planned Parenthood gets away with all kinds of lies.
On Wednesday, the abortion chain’s CEO, Cecile Richards, claimed that Planned Parenthood has been “acquitted of everything” related to its baby body parts trade. Richards made the statement while visiting New Jersey to witness Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of a law forcing taxpayers to give her abortion chain $7.5 million.
Pro-life advocates criticized the legislation for numerous reasons, not the least of which being that Planned Parenthood is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Right now, Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by the FBI for the illegal sale of baby body parts and we have to assume that Gov. Murphy is aware of this,” New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy told NJTV News.
Richards claimed this was a lie.
“As you probably know, there were congressional investigations that were politically motivated. We’ve been acquitted of everything, so that’s simply not true,” she told the news outlet.
Rather than fact check her statement, the news outlet just ran the quote. A quick internet search would have made it clear that Richards was lying.
Quite the opposite of being acquitted, in early December, news broke that Planned Parenthood is being investigated by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sales of aborted baby body parts.
Fox News broke the story after obtaining a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd requesting unredacted documents from the U.S. Senate committee that investigated the abortion chain in 2016.
The department sent the letter, dated Dec. 7, to U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, who led the committee, the Independent reports.
“At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only – we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury,” Boyd wrote.
The Senate committee, as well as a U.S. House investigative committee, both recommended that the DOJ investigate Planned Parenthood after finding strong evidence that the abortion chain broke the law.
Also in December, two California biotech companies that worked with Planned Parenthood were prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s office. They reached an $8 million settlement and agreed to stop selling aborted baby body parts.
Several states that investigated Planned Parenthood also caught it breaking the law. A South Carolina investigation revealed that three Planned Parenthoods dumped aborted babies in a public landfill. The abortion clinics were fined up to $51,000 for the violations. And in Missouri, Planned Parenthood employees repeatedly refused to respond to a subpoena from a Missouri Senate committee investigating the same allegations.
Alabama and Colorado Planned Parenthoods also were accused of breaking state laws by neglecting to report suspected sexual abuse. And Kentucky shut down a new Planned Parenthood facility after it began aborting unborn babies without a license.
These investigations came about as a result of a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the baby body parts trade inside the nation’s largest abortion provider.
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood receives approximately half a billion taxpayer dollars every year, while performing about 320,000 abortions annually.
The expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all 14:
- In the first video: Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on baby-crushing: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
- In the second video:Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini” as she negotiated the best price for baby parts.
- In the third video:Holly O’Donnell, a former Stem Express employee who worked inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, detailed first-hand the unspeakable atrocities and how she fainted in horror over handling baby legs.
- In the fourth video:Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Savita Ginde stated, “We don’t want to do just a flat-fee (per baby) of like, $200. A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” She also laughed while looking at a plate of fetal kidneys that were “good to go.”
- In the fifth video: Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast in Houston boasted of Planned Parenthood’s skill in obtaining “intact fetal cadavers” and how her “research” department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States.”
- In the sixth video: Holly O’Donnell described technicians taking fetal parts without patient consent: “There were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
- In the seventh and perhaps most disturbing video:Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”
- In the eighth video: StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits Planned Parenthood sells “a lot of” fully intact aborted babies.
- The ninth video: catches a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies — including one who “just fell out” of the womb.
- The 10th video: catches the nation’s biggest abortion business selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies. The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
- Unreleased Videos: Unreleased videos from CMP show Deb Vanderhei of Planned Parenthood caught on tape talking about how Planned Parenthood abortion business affiliates may “want to increase revenue [from selling baby parts] but we can’t stop them…” Another video has a woman talking about the “financial incentives” of selling aborted baby body parts.
- The 11th video: catches a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist planning to sell the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Amna Dermish is caught on tape describing an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
- The 12th video in the seriesshows new footage of Jennefer Russo, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Orange County, California, describing to undercover investigators how her abortion business tries to harvest intact aborted babies’ bodies for a local for-profit biotech company and changes the abortion procedure to do so.
- The 13th video: exposes a Planned Parenthood medical director admitting that babies born alive after abortion are sometimes killed.
- The 14th video: catches Planned Parenthood executives discussing gruesome abortion procedures and the sale of body parts from aborted babies for profit.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday that restores $7.5 million in grants for health clinics and Planned Parenthood that were stripped from the state’s budget since 2010 under former Gov. Chris Christie.
It was the first bill Murphy, a Democrat, signed into law after taking office to succeed Christie, a Republican, more than a month ago.
Murphy also signed his second piece of legislation, which makes contraceptive available to women on Medicaid.
“I don’t have to tell you all that today has certainly been a long time coming,” Murphy said. “New Jersey will once again stand strong for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights.”
The bill signing took place inside Trenton’s War Memorial across from the Statehouse, where more than 100 people, many donning pink shirts and pink Planned Parenthood pins, gave the new governor a standing ovation.
“Signed, sealed, delivered,” Murphy said after he took his pen to the legislation.
The advocates, well-wishers and supporters of Murphy’s inaugural signing included Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“Elections do have consequences and nothing has been more exciting than to see this governor in action, because today marks a new era,” Richards said. “Today is a good day in New Jersey.”
Planned Parenthood has long been a lightning rod issue among voters opposed to abortion. But Murphy pledged during the campaign to restore the funding Christie nixed.
That amounted to some $60 million in lost funding over the course of Christie’s tenure.
Six of the 58 clinics in New Jersey closed and 14 others scaled back their hours and services after losing their share of the grant money, according to a report by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Christie would go on to make the same veto every time members of the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent him a bill that aimed to fund the clinics.
And with his re-election for governor in Democratic-heavy New Jersey safely behind him and a presidential campaign looming, Christie suddenly changed his reason for stripping the funding.
“I’ve vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood and if I were president of the United States I would do exactly the same,” Christie told voters in South Carolina in 2015.
New Jersey Right to Life, which supported Christie’s cuts, blasted Murphy on Wednesday.
“If anyone is playing politics, it is Gov. Murphy, who boastfully, as his first act as governor, signs bills that will use our tax dollars to reward a political, partisan organization that helped elect him,” Marie Tasy, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.
State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who long chastised Christie over the cuts, praised the new governor. She described their conversation ahead of the bill signing: “Governor Murphy said ‘Are you ready to roll?’ And I said, ‘I’ve been ready to roll for eight years,'” Weinberg, D-Bergen, said.
“Thank you, Governor Murphy,” Weinberg added.
Before the cuts, the grants were split among 58 clinics, including some run by Planned Parenthood, to pay for preventive health screenings and birth control.
The law prevents the money to be used for abortions, but organizations like New Jersey Right to Life protested, arguing no abortion provider should benefit from public funding.
Murphy called on supporters to celebrate the victory despite eight years of setbacks.
“I know the stroke of a pen could not reduce eight years of neglect,” Murphy said. “But turning our state around to standing for the right values starts here, starts now (and) starts with us.”
Speaker Coughlin: Assembly to Quickly Move to Restore Women’s Health Care
Bills Will Be Heard Monday by Assembly Health Panel
One Restores Funding to State Budget; Another Provides Medicaid Coverage
(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Wednesday announced an Assembly committee on Monday will advance legislation to restore women’s health care funding to the state budget and expand access to quality health care to women and their families.
Coughlin (D-Middlesex) has made improving access to quality health care for women and their families a top priority. The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will consider the legislation at 10 a.m. Monday, he said.
“These women’s health bills will be among the first we advance this year for a reason – the priorities we chose show our values and character,” Coughlin said. “The elimination of this funding led to the closing of centers that provide women’s health services and a reduction in the availability of such services – both unacceptable. Improving the health and wellbeing of women and their children is right and compassionate, but it’s also fiscally responsible. A healthier New Jersey helps make a more affordable New Jersey.”
Despite being funded in every state budget since 1970, Gov. Christie annually cut $7.5 million for women’s health care from the state budget. The services covered by the funding included OB/GYN services; physical examinations; cancer, diabetes and blood pressure screenings; and STD prevention and treatment. In 2009 this funding helped support life-saving services for over 136,000 patients.
During Christie’s tenure, Democrats made annual attempts to restore the funding, but Christie vetoed each effort. He also vetoed efforts to obtain federal matching funds for women’s health care.
The bills to be considered Monday would:
- Provide about $7.5 million for women’s health care services. (A-2134)
- Provide Medicaid coverage for women’s health care services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. (A-1656)
“Now, more than ever, we should be standing up for working-class families in this state,” Coughlin said. “Ensuring women have access to quality health care means healthier families and less strain on our health care system, if we catch health problems early when they can be more successfully treated. This is the smart thing to do for so many reasons, and I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to steer New Jersey back in the right direction.”
Eliminated by Christie 8 years ago, $7.5M for women’s clinics is making a comeback
Nearly eight years after Republican Gov. Chris Christie eliminated $7.5 million in state grants to support family planning and women’s health clinics, Democratic state lawmakers took the first step Monday to reinstate the money.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been on the job for less than a week, has said he will sign the legislation that Christie vetoed numerous times throughout his tenure.
“The loss of funding for family planning eight years ago had a devastating impact on access to care for women and families in New Jersey, with the closure of six family planning centers,” state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, said after the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved her bill, (S120).
“We made it a priority to put this bill on the governor’s desk early in the legislative session so that we can begin the process of restoring access to services as soon as possible,” Weinberg said. “All residents deserve access to family planning and preventive services, and I look forward to seeing these measures signed into law.”
Since 2010, Christie has successfully trimmed the $7.5 million in women’s healthcare funding, mostly with vetoes. He first argued that the funding was “duplicative” and that the state couldn’t afford it, but said during his presidential bid in 2015 that cut reflected his socially conservative values.
Planned Parenthood was among the clinics that received the money, although the clinics are barred from using it directly to fund abortions.
“It is both irresponsible and unconscionable that Senate and Assembly leaders and Governor Murphy are moving full steam ahead to force New Jersey taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood, an organization that is currently under investigation by the FBI for the illegal sale of baby body parts,” Tasy said.
Tasy referred to a published report last month that said the Justice Department had asked for documents from its investigation of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue practices. Planned Parenthood stopped accepting payment for post-abortive fetal tissue in 2015, after an anti-abortion group surreptitiously recorded clinic officials discussing the practice.
The Senate committee also approved a related bill (S105) extending Medicaid eligibility to women with slightly higher-income levels than most Medicaid recipients. The bill was approved in a vote of 6 to 1 with one abstention.
Six of 58 family planning clinics closed following the budget cut, according to a 2011 report by the Family Planning Association of New Jersey.
The clinics served 131,000 patients in 2010, providing routine gynecological exams, birth control products, health, cancer and sexually transmitted disease screenings, HIV and pregnancy testing and pre-pregnancy counseling, according to the report.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Statehouse courtyard annex in Trenton Monday to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 45 years ago.
The rally organized by the New Jersey Right to Life group was held three days after the nationwide anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C., which included a visit and speech from President Donald Trump.
Leaders, elected officials, and clergy aligned with the anti-abortion movement addressed the crowd as they held signs distributed by the organization.
Father Peter West, an associate pastor at St. John’s Catholic Church in Orange, kicked off the rally with a prayer.
Marie Tasy, New Jersey Right to Life, executive director, praised Trump and former Gov. Chris Christie for their support of the movement. Tasy pointed out that Christie was the state’s first anti-abortion governor.
“We will work to make sure that he won’t be our last,” she said.
The theme of the march this year was ‘Love Saves Lives.’
“Ours is a movement of love and hope,” she said. “It’s why we continue to call for the overturning of this tragic decision.”
“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can , not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
– Dame Cicely Saunders, Physician, nurse, social worker, and founder of the modern hospice
As a physician watching assisted suicide go from public policy to “medical” practice here in California, I see my own patients with chronic, life threatening illnesses as, perhaps inadvertent, but vulnerable targets of this dangerous legislation. The experience of depression in the context of terminal illness is everywhere. I am grateful to our own Congressman here in Orange, Lou Correa, for standing up for those who end up with less choice under the law by cosponsoring bipartisan legislation in D.C. that outlines these dangers. This is in gratitude to the 12 cosponsors of this bill, 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans, coming together to do something right.
On such a nuanced, deeply personal, and human issue, I resist the stop-at-nothing political campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide precisely because the basis of palliative care medicine within the hospice context is to help you live until you die naturally. As the American Cancer Society states: “The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life: it affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.” In 2017, there are means to address and alleviate physical, emotional and existential pain. As a palliative care physician at the forefront of the field, I can assure you, many patients even here in Orange County, do not have access to these resources. It is a travesty that we put suicide on the table as “medical treatment” paid for by state Medicaid dollars, helping vulnerable people kill themselves, forcing them to choose between death, care, pain, and debt. Some might say that the majority of those choosing doctor assisted suicide are on hospice or palliative care, therefore, it cannot be sufficient for the needs of the dying. Please be advised: not all hospices or palliative programs are the same. There is a vast difference in philosophy and care among over 100 hospice providers in Orange County. And of the palliative services provided, they are not standardized! As a palliative care physician, for proponents to suggest that we must erase the sufferers to erase their suffering seems more like a political scare tactic than sound medicine. We should be utilizing our energy and resources instead on improving the quality of care for those at the end of life.
I feel deeply for the suffering and the dying and their families – I have dedicated my professional life to their care. As my patients navigate a complex medical system, family and finances, facing tough diagnoses, they are vulnerable and afraid of mortality. To suggest they have a “human right’’ to assisted suicide is both preposterous and tremendously irresponsible. As the Oregon data shows, people are not really choosing assisted suicide due to pain or the fear of it. Rather, as the federal legislation points out, their motivations are emotional and existential fears, mostly fearing newfound disability. Is that truly an autonomous choice in a profit-driven healthcare system?
In light of these glaring concerns, I say first things first. As dangerous as it can be to my patients, assisted suicide cannot be a priority for end-of-life policy. Kudos Lou, to you and the others for fighting for the vulnerable!
Dr. Vincent Nguyen, MD, head of St. Joseph Hoag Health’s palliative care program.