Menendez, Booker Announce $5 Million to Provide NJans with Comprehensive Family Planning and Preventative Health Services

Menendez, Booker Announce $5 Million to Provide NJans with Comprehensive Family Planning and Preventative Health Services

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today announced $4,614,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL) to provide comprehensive family planning and preventive health care services to low-income New Jersey women, teens and men.

“Title X funding is essential for women’s health, because it provides critically-needed funding for clinics to offer free family planning, preventive and primary care for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them,” said Sen. Menendez.  “President Trump’s proposed budget would decimate Title X family planning programs, and eliminate funding for lifesaving services provided by Planned Parenthood.  Millions of low-income women and families will be hurt by this harmful policy, and we must do everything we can to ensure these vital services remain available to those who need them.  We must continue to defend Title X programs from efforts to ban essential providers like Planned Parenthood”

“The wide range of essential healthcare services provided by Title X funding through the New Jersey Family Planning League is vital to countless women and families across New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker.  “With Title X and Planned Parenthood funding under constant attack by the Trump Administration, we must remain vigilant in our commitment to protecting comprehensive reproductive healthcare and family planning services. By funding everything from basic primary care to reproductive health services, Title X programming is making strides in improving overall health outcomes for New Jerseyans most in need.”

This award will support NJFPL‘s ten provider agencies, comprised of 49 health centers in all 21 New Jersey counties.  It is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to comprehensive family planning and preventive health services.  According to Planned Parenthood, Title X has helped over four-million Americans access primary and preventive services like birth control, contraceptive education, screenings, and testing for sexually transmitted infections for over 40 years.

“Title X funding provides essential support to a diverse network of agencies that provide quality, affordable reproductive health care for more than 100,000 New Jerseyans,” said Joseph Alifante, New Jersey Family Planning League president & CEO.  “Our provider agencies offer critical health services such as well-woman exams, contraception, pregnancy testing, treatment and counseling for STIs, HIV testing and prevention counseling, and breast and cervical cancer screenings.”

In March, Sens. Menendez and Booker joined more than 30 Senate Democrats in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump urging him to oppose any efforts by Republicans to restrict federal funding from supporting Title X family planning centers.

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