On Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s governor, vetoed a bill from the GOP-majority state legislature that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
“It’s time that our General Assembly understands that we have a responsibility to protect the rights and dignity of women,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.
“Without access to reproductive care and the freedom to exercise choice, women are denied the choice to make deeply personal health decisions.”
McAuliffe’s veto comes as the Republican-controlled Congress is trying to cut off funding at a federal level for Planned Parenthood.
Last Thursday, The House rolled back on an Obama-era regulation that denied states from defunding healthcare providers because of political reasons.
Former President Obama’s rule required state and local governments to hand out federal Title X funding for contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings services to health providers, regardless of whether they perform abortions.
GOP leaders have also added that a provision defunding Planned Parenthood will be in the bill that will also repeal ObamaCare.
They hope to have this bill passed by the end of March.
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