Governor vetoes bill he feared would take money from Planned Parenthood
Feb 23 2017
They say the bill would redirect non-Medicaid taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers and toward hospitals and health centers who provide more comprehensive services for women, without funding abortion.
Gov. McAuliffe said that allowing homschooled students to participate in inter-scholastic competitions would disrupt the "level playing field" that Virginia's public schools have developed over the past century, and participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privlege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements. "Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less", the governor said while he vetoed the bill.
The bill, which Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has promised to veto, is quickly becoming one of the most contentious issues in Virginia politics as President Donald Trump makes moves to deport numerous estimated 11 million immigrants living in the USA illegally.
Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2264, which would prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from entering into contracts or providing funds to any entity that performs non-federally qualified abortions.
Republican leaders have also said that a provision defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in a bill that will also repeal ObamaCare.
The Virginia House of Delegates initially passed the bill on a party-line vote earlier this month.
The bill had passed the House in a 57-39 vote and the Senate with a 23-16 vote.
After McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill previous year, Cobb pointed out that abortion groups donated millions to his election campaign. Students in the program provide state government coverage for a variety of media outlets in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health now has a contract with Planned Parenthood to provide testing for sexually transmitted infections, according to the Richmond-Times Dispatch. The pro-abortion governor vetoed a similar measure previous year.
Nevertheless, Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, said in vetoing the bill, McAuliffe placed "the abortion lobby" before "the women and unborn children of the commonwealth". In a strong show of support for Planned Parenthood, McAuliffe went to the abortion business's facility in Richmond itself to veto the legislation.
That bill would have stripped state funding from clinics that provide abortions.