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Published On: Thu, Mar 31st, 2016

Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe vetoes bill which would have stopped funding Planned Parenthood

A bill that would have shifted most of Virginia’s funding for abortion groups to public health groups, hospitals, and other organizations that focus on health care has been vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

“We’re here today to smack down the latest attack on women’s health care rights,” said McAuliffe in a press conference. “It’s no secret that this bill is aimed at destroying Planned Parenthood.”

McAuliffe’s statement and veto came at the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.

This legislation would have also made it illegal for Virginia state officials to contract with organizations that provide abortions, except for hospitals. Exceptions were included for rape, incest, and major fetal abnormalities.

“I am disappointed that Governor McAuliffe chose to veto this important legislation that would redirect taxpayer dollars toward more comprehensive providers of health care services for women,” said bill sponsor Delegate Ben Cline. “The governor is clearly listening to his friends in the abortion lobby, rather than ensuring that women have access to quality care.”

Despite being a Catholic, Gov. McAuliffe has long been a supporter of abortion and is a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who supports publicly-funded abortions without any limitations.

McAuliffe told reporters that “without this service, we could see an increase in STDs, more complications with pregnancies and an increase in health issues among newborns.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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