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Tuesday News: “How News Networks Should Cover Someone Like Donald Trump”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 29. Also, watch President Obama skewer the media for its pathetic coverage of this year’s presidential race (and, I’d add, almost everything else).

  • From Planned Parenthood of Virginia:

    Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Applauds Veto of Defunding Bill

    Governor McAuliffe continues to be a “brick wall” for women’s health

    Today, at the Richmond headquarters for the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, surrounded by patients, supporters and staff, Governor McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1090. The bill would eliminate funding that allows Planned Parenthood to provide thousands of Virginians with essential reproductive health care services like STI testing, sex education, and family planning. If enacted, 1,300 people in Richmond could lose access to STI testing. The bill, part of a broader political attack on women’s health, would restrict access to basic health care services statewide for the 22,000 Virginia residents who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers every year. This veto comes after legislators received hundreds of phone calls and more than 5,000 petition signatures urging them to reject the measure.

    Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, said:

    “We are ecstatic and grateful that Governor McAuliffe has vetoed HB1090. We have seen in Virginia and around the country, coordinated attacks on safe and legal abortion and access to Planned Parenthood which culminated with the passage of this bill. As he has said from the start of his Administration, Governor McAuliffe is a brick wall for attempts to block women’s access to reproductive health care and his veto today affirms that stand. We are proud to stand with a Governor who always stands with us.

    “Every day, hundreds of Virginians come to Planned Parenthood health centers across the Commonwealth to receive high quality, low cost care. Through the Governor’s actions today, those patients can feel confident that they can continue to receive care, no matter what.

    “We call on every member of the General Assembly to sustain the Governor’s veto and stand with the more than 22,000 women, men, and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic, preventative health care every year.”

    Across the country, politicians are taking aim at birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and other care at Planned Parenthood. Just last week, in Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that could eliminate access to essential preventative care at Planned Parenthood for thousands of people.

    Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said:

    “We’re grateful to Governor McAuliffe for protecting access to care at Planned Parenthood in Virginia. This bill should never have passed in the first place. We’ve seen the devastation to women in Texas, where women faced barriers accessing essential health care. Now, politicians are threatening access to care for our patients in Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Arizona and other states. This is part of a broader political agenda to ban abortion, and they’re willing to decimate women’s access to birth control and other preventive care in the process.”

    Planned Parenthood provides birth control, cancer screenings, annual exams, and other high-quality health care services to 2.5 million people a year at nearly 650 nonprofit health centers nationwide. At some point in their lives, one in five women in America will turn to Planned Parenthood for care.

  • From ProgressVA:

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

    HB1090 the latest in a long line of right-wing attacks on women’s health care access

    Richmond, VA – Progress Virginia this morning celebrated Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of HB1090. If enacted, the bill would have defunded Planned Parenthoods six Virginia health centers that provide care to over 22,000 men and women each year.

    “Thank you, Governor McAuliffe, for standing up for Virginia women,” said Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl. “These politically-motivated attacks on women’s health must stop. Virginians should be terrified that the Governor’s veto pen is the only thing standing between us and extreme attacks on women’s health care access. Since just 2011, the General Assembly has seen over 75 restrictions on women’s health proposed. Without a brick wall like Governor McAuliffe to veto these outrageous proposals, Virginia could be a very different place.”

    Since 2011, Virginia has required first trimester abortion providers be regulated as hospitals and required the Board of Health enact medically-inappropriate restrictions designed to shut down health centers, mandated women undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion regardless of medical necessity, established a 24 hour waiting period between a mandatory ultrasound and undergoing an abortion procedure, banned insurance policies covering abortion from sale in the state health exchange, and banned Medicaid coverage for abortion even when a woman’s health is at risk.

    In 2016, eighty-five members of the General Assembly voted for HB1090, defunding Planned Parenthood. Another thirty-four members co-sponsored HB963, a radical abortion ban copied and pasted from a national special interest group that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks.

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