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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Action Items and News from New Jersey Right to Life


                            


Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life


  • Contact Your Legislators 
  • News on the 20/20 Project
  • Billboards 


Contact Your Legislators - No More Funds for Planned Parenthood!

Last Monday, June 6, I testified against two Planned Parenthood funding bills (A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017) that were before the Senate Health Committee. Also testifying against the bill were John Tomicki from the League of American Families, Len Deo from NJ Family First, Rev. Clenard Childress from LEARN and Greg Quinlan from NJ Garden State families.  


These are the same two bills that certain lawmakers have been pushing to get funded ever since Governor Christie eliminated funds in the budget for Planned Parenthood back in 2010. Thankfully, Governor Christie has stood strong and vetoed these measures every time. The Voting records of the Senators on the committee are listed below:

A3492/S2277, Makes FY 2016 supplemental appropriation to DOH for $7,453,000 for family planning services

  • Joseph Vitale (D) - Yes
  • Diane Allen ( R ) - abstained 
  • Ronald Rice ( D) - yes
  • Fred Madden (D) - Yes 
  • Richard Codey ( D ) - Yes 
  • Robert Singer ( R ) - yes
  • Dawn Marie Addiego (R) - No 
  • Robert Gordon ( D ) - Yes 
  • Jim Whelan ( D) - Yes

A1963/S1017
, Provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • Joseph Vitale (D) - Yes 
  • Diane Allen ( R ) - yes 
  • Ronald Rice ( D) - yes
  • Fred Madden (D) - Yes 
  • Richard Codey ( D ) - Yes 
  • Robert Singer ( R ) - yes
  • Dawn Marie Addiego (R) - Abstained 
  • Robert Gordon ( D ) - Yes 
  • Jim Whelan ( D) - Yes             

It is not clear whether the Democratic legislative leaders will come up with their own budget and insert these bills into it, or vote on these as separate pieces of legislation. In either event, it is imperative that you both call and email your State Senator and two Assembly members ASAP and urge them to Vote No on A3492/S2277 and A1963/S1017. The budget has to be voted on by June 30th midnight so this is an extremely time sensitive issue that requires your immediate action. Please do the following:

1, Tell your legislators you do not want your tax dollars used to fund Planned Parenthood. You can take action by sending a prewritten email message to them from our website. Many of the points included in the prewritten email message were made by me during my testimony on June 6th. You can take send an email by clicking on the hyperlink here that says: Take Action
2. Please also call all three legislators after you have sent them an email. You can find your three state legislators by adding your zip code on this page HERE. Once the page opens, use the scroll bar on the right hand side of the page to scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find your State Senator and two Assembly members and their contact information. 
           

News on the 20/20 Project


We will be holding our second Issue Advocacy Day in Trenton on Monday, June 27, 2016. Our goal for the day is to be a visible presence in the halls of the State House to advocate for passage of the NJ Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, A3452/S2026.


Please let me know if you are interested in going to Trenton for this important day so I can send you further details.


Please also take action on this issue by contacting your State Senator and two Assembly members and urge them to support and co-sponsor A3492/S2026, the NJ Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act . You can send a prewritten message from our website Take Action


Billboards 



We have two new billboards that went up last week in Trenton. They are located on Route 1 South, just blocks away from the State House and the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Trenton. The billboards have a picture of a 20 week baby in the womb with a message that says 'BABIES IN THE WOMB FEEL PAIN." The billboards will be up until the end of June so look for them if you will be traveling on Route 1 South this month!

New Jersey Right to Life is the state’s largest and most active pro-life, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting and fostering the most basic value of our society – human life. As the premier pro-life organization in NJ, we continue to lead the effort on all public policy matters concerning the sanctity of human life at the state and federal level. We promote, uphold, and support reverence and respect for all innocent human life from conception to natural death, without regard to condition, or circumstances of conception, quality, age, race, religion, creed, or color, whether born or pre-born.  For more information or to make a donation, use this link.  


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