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.