Assemblywoman Annette Quijano has joined with 56 other state representatives from throughout the country to co-sign a letter urging members of Congress to oppose drastic cuts to the funding of Title X – a vital Dest of funding for family-planning clinics that provide essential health services to millions of low-income people.
“I am proud to stand up in favor of maintaining funding for Title X. Services provided through Title X are essential to families nationwide, especially in this struggling economy. New Jerseyeans already face precipitous cuts to essential community programs, and elimination of Title X would be yet another devastating blow to public assistance for our needy families,” said Quijano (D-Union).
Title X funds clinics providing basic preventative healthcare and access to contraceptive services, supplies and information to people with low economic means throughout the nation. Such clinics promote reproductive and sexual health education, help to prevent unintended pregnancies as well as provide information needed for healthy family planning.
Cuts to Title X funding could potentially increase costs and create an even greater national deficit in the long term by decreasing access to preventative care and, in turn, increasing illnesses, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and the costs associated with all of these treatments.
Quijano is the first and only New Jersey representative to sign the letter.
For more information regarding efforts for Title X, please call (202) 986-6093.