TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon sent Democrats scurrying for rhetorical cover for the sixth year in a row after they made assertions that women have been deprived of healthcare services in New Jersey. For the past six years Republicans have challenged the Democrats to demonstrate this problem exists. For six years, no Democrat has reached out to any Republican office or Health Commissioner with an instance of a woman not being able to access health services.
“If there are any women who have trouble accessing care, please call my office,” said O’Scanlon, the Republican Budget Officer. “It is stunning to me how some Democrats can convince themselves into believing there is zero funding for women’s healthcare in New Jersey’s budget. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
O’Scanlon was responding to a press release issued by Pintor Marin after the two engaged in a congenial exchange about women’s health funding at the conclusion of the Budget Committee’s morning hearing with the Health Department.
“I count at least seven line items where we put money to women’s healthcare, including $135 million for family health services to provide prenatal and perinatal care for expectant mothers and their children,” said O’Scanlon. “The results of the Republican investment in women’s healthcare speak for themselves. New Jersey is in the top five States with the lowest STD rates in the country. Other states look to New Jersey as a model for STD prevention.” O’Scanlon also pointed out that the Democrats have failed to provide any additional funding for Family Planning Services in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget they passed last June.
“While certainly there is somebody out of touch in this state, it isn’t me. One need look no further than Assemblywoman Pintor Marin’s own words to make my point. This morning, when asked directly if she came across even one constituent who couldn’t access the healthcare they needed, she answered, ‘No.’ I rest my case,” concluded O’Scanlon.