New Jersey to restore funding for Planned Parenthood

New Jersey to restore funding for Planned Parenthood
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New Jersey will soon restore millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics in the state.

The state's Democratic-controlled Assembly voted on Thursday to reverse $7.5 million in cuts former Gov. Chris Christie (R) made to clinics that provide abortions. 

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The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month. 

New Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, urged the state legislature to act quickly on the matter, adding that he would sign the bill. 

Christie cut the funds shortly after taking office in 2010, saying the state could not afford the services. 

However, when running for president, Christie said he cut the funds to Planned Parenthood and other clinics because he's "pro-life." 

During his campaign, he also promised to defund Planned Parenthood nationally if elected.

Six of 58 clinics in New Jersey closed and 14 reduced hours and services after the cuts. 

While the funds cannot be used for abortions, anti-abortion activists argue the money is fungible and can indirectly support the procedure.