Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

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By Ian Simpson | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on
Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for
Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health
services.

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature
would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that
perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal
healthcare program for the poor.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands
of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare
services and programs. He vetoed a similar measure last year.

“Attempts to restrict women’s access to health care will
impede the goal of making Virginia the best place to live, work,
and run a business,” he said in a statement.

Advocates for the law had said it would underpin
organizations that provide the widest range of services.

Planned Parenthood draws the ire of many Republicans because
it provides abortions. Republican President Donald Trump has
pledged to defund the organization.



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