( – promoted by lowkell)
It’s no surprise that the House version of the budget did not include Medicaid expansion. House Republicans have shown that they are unwilling to extend health care to an estimated 270,000-400,000 currently uninsured Virginians who stand to benefit. But just months after voters rejected the extreme, anti-women’s health agenda of Ken Cuccinelli and his running mates, House Republicans have tucked three budget amendments in their version of the biennial budget that undermine women’s reproductive health and rights.
The first amendment they proposed would defund Planned Parenthood health centers in Virginia – cutting off the more than 24,000 Virginians who rely on Planned Parenthood for access to quality, affordable care. The second amendment they proposed would undermine the Governor’s ability to roll back the targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP) by Executive order. And the third amendment they proposed would repeal abortion funding for low-income women when a doctor certifies that the fetus has an incapacitating physical or mental anomaly.
These measures would chip away at Virginia women’s access to comprehensive health care. Voters have made it clear they don’t want politicians in Richmond interfering in our personal and private medical decisions. It’s time House Republicans put Virginia women ahead of their extreme and dangerous agenda.