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Va. gov vetoes bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Virginia’s Democratic governor on Tuesday 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 at a press conference.

“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 moves to restrict funds for Planned Parenthood at the federal level.

The House voted last week to roll back an Obama-era regulation that barred states from defunding healthcare providers for political reasons.

Former President Barack Obama‘s rule required that state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings to health providers, regardless of whether they also perform abortions.

 

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source: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/320418-va-gov-vetos-bill-that-would-have-defunded-planned-parenthood

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