New Jersey earmarks $15M for healthcare facilities that offer abortion services

New Jersey has set aside $15 million for healthcare facilities that offer a full spectrum of reproductive care to use for facility upgrades and security enhancements. 

In a Dec. 5 news release, Gov. Phil Murphy's office announced $10 million in zero-interest loans is available to support facility improvements, with $6 million already awarded to 15 applicants. Applicants can apply for loans of up to $750,000 from the remaining $4 million funding pool through Jan. 6. 

Separately, healthcare facilities that "can demonstrate a high security risk" can apply for grants of up to $100,000 from a $5 million pool to support enhanced measures. Those applications will be open through Feb. 28, according to Mr. Murphy's office. 

Healthcare facilities must provide a "full spectrum of reproductive health services," including abortion and basic infertility services, to be eligible for the funding. New Jersey is among states that have added protections for providers who perform abortions and reproductive health services for out-of-state residents who live where the procedure is banned or restricted and travel to receive services. 

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