TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Female legislators are making another attempt to restore the funding for women’s health centers that Gov. Chris Christie cut from the budget.
Seven Democrats are sponsoring legislation to restore $7.5 million for clinics that perform family planning services and cancer screenings, mostly for lower-income women.
The measure stipulates that the money won’t be used for abortions. The bill is scheduled to be heard Monday by the Assembly budget committee.
No hearing date has been set in the state Senate, though the bill will have to move quickly because the fiscal year ends June 30.
Christie, a Republican, has vetoed two previous attempts to restore the funds.
Proponents say without state funding, some of the 58 clinics have closed and others have reduced their hours.