(TRENTON) – Responding to Planned Parenthood’s withdrawal from the Title X program on Monday, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington) released the following statement:
“The Trump Administration’s decision to impose a gag rule as a requirement for Title X funding creates a discriminatory barrier to healthcare services. This rule will limit women’s access to reproductive healthcare and vital health information in an unprecedented and unacceptable way.
“Women should have the ability to discuss all potential options with their doctor when it comes to their reproductive health and the right to comprehensive counseling, which must include information about abortion services. Forcing providers to withhold this information is an unequivocal step toward the worst forms of censorship. For that reason, I commend Planned Parenthood for taking a stand. However, I worry about the greater implications and devastating impact that a lack of federal funding will have on the accessibility and affordability of reproductive healthcare, particularly on low-income women in our state.
“Countless women in New Jersey rely exclusively on organizations like Planned Parenthood for health check-ups, cancer prevention screenings, STD testing, and access to birth control. Without funding, many women will be forced to go without these critical healthcare services. This gag rule is nothing more than an attack on women nationwide.
“We must protect a woman’s right to comprehensive and affordable care, and New Jersey will not sit idly by while the Federal government seeks to infringe upon women’s right to determine their own healthcare.”