Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey announces its endorsement of State Senator Barbara Buono for Governor today. The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey.
“The Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey is proud to support Senator Barbara Buono for Governor today,” said Ed Remsen, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. “Senator Barbara Buono has long been a leader in the fight to expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans, and to protect access to birth control and other women’s health services.”
Senator Buono has a record of working to ensure that women have access to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, breast health services, Pap tests and other preventive health care. She has sponsored legislation in support of women’s health funding, insurance coverage of cancer screenings, and supporting the federal rule protecting women’s access to birth control under health care reform.
Importantly, Senator Buono helped lead the fight to restore state funding and go after available federal funding for basic women’s health care services. In 2010, Governor Chris Christie eliminated $7.4 million in funding for these services, including breast and cervical exams, in his first budget. He has vetoed four separate attempts by the Legislature to restore funding and refused to apply for federal funding available for women’s health programs even though this funding has been estimated to save the state more than $43 million.
“As a former patient, Senator Buono stood strong against the attacks on Planned Parenthood, one of the state’s largest providers of women’s health care,” said Remsen, “As Governor, she will stand up to those who have targeted this trusted provider of women’s health and threatened their ability to provide life-saving health services to more than 82,000 women and men in New Jersey.”