Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

New Jersey Access at Risk

Access to reproductive health care should not depend on your income or your zip code.Icon.png Speak out today, and ask your legislators to support access to quality, affordable reproductive health care for all New Jerseyans.

In 2010, Governor Christie cut $7.45 million in funding for family planning services in New Jersey from the state budget. This funding accounted for less than 0.022% of the entire statewide budget – a drop in the bucket for New Jersey’s women, men, and teens. Every year since 2010, the Governor has not heeded calls to stand with New Jersey women and protect access to essential reproductive health care services – and seven years later, a cumulative total of more than $50 million has not been available to invest in keeping New Jersey healthy.

Now, access to reproductive health care is at risk in New Jersey:  

  • The number of cases of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) has increased 35 percent statewide since funding for family planning services was cut from the state budget in 2010. Half of New Jersey counties have experienced an increase of nearly 50 percent or more. Sexually transmitted infections, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues like infertility and certain types of cancer.
  • Between 2009 and 2013, the number of breast and cervical cancer cases has risen 5.2 percent among all New Jersey women, 6.6 percent among Black women, and an alarming 25.1 percent among Latinas. The unfortunate reality is that women of color in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care than white women, and so are less likely to get preventive screenings, more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast and cervical cancer because of these barriers.
  • More than 435,000 women across New Jersey need contraception that is publicly funded, a 5 percent increase since 2010. The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and a reduced taxpayer burden. 

With a rapidly changing and uncertain health care landscape, it is more important than ever to support preventive reproductive health services in our state.  Tell your legislators that you support efforts to restore and expand access to reproductive health care.

o    Rates of sexually transmitted infections have increased more than 27% since funding for family planning services was cut from the state budget.

      • Sexually transmitted infections, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues, like infertility and certain types of cancer. Having an STI can also increase chances of getting HIV.

 

o    More than 1.1 million women in NJ are in need of contraceptive services and supplies, and nearly 40% are in need of contraception that is publicly funded, a 5% increase since 2010.

      • Birth control is basic health care for women: The average woman will spend about 30 years of her life trying to avoid pregnancy. Millions of women have used birth control to plan their families, finish their education, and pursue their dreams.

      • The ability to plan, prevent, and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits to women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and a reduced taxpayer burden. 

 

o    More than 38,000 individuals are living with HIV/AIDS statewide, and 4 out of 5 women with HIV/AIDS in NJ are women of color.

 

o    More than 37,000 bacterial STIs were diagnosed in 2014, an increase of more than 27% since funding for family planning services was cut from the state budget.

 

o    More than 4,700 births to teen mothers and more than 7,400 new breast and cervical cancer cases in 2012.

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
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