Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding

McAuliffe Credit Kate Wellington
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(Reuters) Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-backed bill aimed at blocking state funding for Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions and provides other health services.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the bill passed by the Republican-dominated legislature would harm thousands of state residents who relied on Planned Parenthood for health care.

“The fact is that Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less,” he said in a statement.

Several states have sought to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood following the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Activists have said the videos showed that Planned Parenthood officials in some states had discussed the sale of aborted fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied the accusations.

President Barack Obama in January vetoed a effort by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

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  • Dio Jones

    Typical lib… kill more babies… its okay, you will answer for everyone…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

  • Paige Turner

    Abortion is 3% of PP business. The rest is STI prevention, treatment and birth control.

  • Mark0H

    Virginia has had some great governors like George Allen, but McAuliffe is vile. They didn’t scrape him from the bottom of the barrel, they had to dig a deep trench under the barrel to find him.

  • Tim

    Hosea 13:16King James Version (KJV)

    16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

  • Gena B

    Nobody seems to be talking of how PP founder Margaret Sanger was a big supporter of eugenics. She, Sanger spoke at eugenics conferences. She also talked about birth control being used to facilitate “the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives.” Remember the Holocaust and the Nazi’s? And PP often targeted poor and black neighborhoods. Just because they wear a suit and tie and stopped wearing the bed sheets does not mean anyone should be supporting them.