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Vote NO on S4103 Family Planning Services
Dear [Decision Maker],
Planned Parenthood does not have a right to federal or state taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers cannot and should not be forced to underwrite the activities of abortion providers in conflict with the plain language of the law, congressional intent, and in violation of sincerely held religious beliefs that all life is precious and worth protecting. The government has no obligation to fund abortion access through Title X, and in fact to do so is in violation of the law. The fact is Planned Parenthood was not "forced" to refuse Title X funds but voluntarily chose not to comply with the regulations that all health care centers must comply with to receive Title X funds. As such, they voluntarily withdrew from the Title X program.
There are 116 Federally Qualified Health Centers in NJ that offer comprehensive women's health care to low income women for minimal or no cost. FQHC's offer far more comprehensive services than Planned Parenthood clinics including pediatric care, dental care, mental health services, and true family planning services. It is outright false that Title X funds that Planned Parenthood will not be receiving will prevent "tens of thousands of patients" from receiving birth control, cancer screenings, and STI screenings as all the 116 FQHC centers in New Jersey offer these services at a far more significant rate than Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. FQHC's also serve the health care needs of a far larger swath of patients specially designated to serve underserved populations like the homeless, public housing residents, veterans, and young children. For example, Newark has 2 Planned Parenthood Clinics, but 19 Federally Qualified Health Centers and Camden has 1 Planned Parenthood Clinic, but 7 Federally Qualified Health Centers.
I urge you to vote NO on the 9.5 million dollar increase to Planned Parenthood Funding.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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