N.J. legislative leader drives effort to expand health services for women

One of the Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature is pushing for more funding to expand access to women’s health services.Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg claims women’s health care is under assault.She’s leading a new effort to include $7.5 million in the state budget for family planning services. “We’ve been fighting the governor and his cuts to family planning clinics since he first made his crippling cuts in 2010. It’s a fight we can’t and we won’t give up,” she said.Weinberg says six family planning clinics have closed and more than a dozen others have reduced services because of the funding cuts. Four previous efforts to reinstate the funding have been unsuccessful.The Christie Administration says there are other places low-income women can get health screening and birth control services.

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