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Video: Governor Terry McAuliffe Vetoes Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill


From Progress Virginia; more evidence as to why we need to keep the Virginia Governor’s Mansion in Democratic hands indefinitely!

Governor Terry McAuliffe Vetoes Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

Richmond, Virginia–On Tuesday morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed HB 2264, Delegate Cline’s bill to defund Planned Parenthood, surrounded by women’s health advocates.

“We applaud Governor McAuliffe for vetoing HB 2264. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a blatant attempt to deny women access to the full range of reproductive health care services, and Virginia women won’t stand for it,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia said. “Politicians in Richmond don’t get to decide where women get their health care and what kind of services they receive, and we’re glad that Governor McAuliffe agrees.”

Planned Parenthood health centers offer comprehensive health care services to tens of thousands of Virginians annually, including family planning services, contraceptive counseling, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings. It is one of the few remaining providers that continues to offer consistent and reliable care to Medicaid recipients, and importantly, often serves as a crucial entry point into the health care system for these and other individuals.

Virginia Planned Parenthood health centers provide contraceptive care to thousands of low-income women each year. Nationally, more than one-third of low-income women who receive publicly supported contraceptives receive care at Planned Parenthood.

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia statement

    Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
    Women’s health advocates caution that veto highlights need for progressive wins in November

    Richmond, VA – This morning Governor Terry McAuliffe formally vetoed HB 2264, which would prevent the Department of Health from entering into contracts with or providing funds to women’s health clinics that also provide abortions. The bill, introduced by Del. Ben Cline (R-24), effectively defunded Planned Parenthood.

    Speaking to a large crowd of reproductive health advocates, Governor McAuliffe made a clear connection between a woman’s health and economic prosperity. “Our economy is strong because we treat everybody with dignity and respect,” he said. “It’s important for women to have access to quality healthcare for their lives and the good of the commonwealth.”

    Today’s veto marks the second year in a row that Governor McAuliffe has rejected a bill designed to defund Virginia Planned Parenthood health centers that provide essential healthcare services to low-income women. He made a point of calling out the importance of his role in vetoing bills like HB 2264. “Let it be lost on no one why I am doing this veto in front of the Governor’s mansion,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This mansion is the brick wall to protect women’s health in Virginia.”

    “We are so grateful for Governor McAuliffe’s veto this morning. Throughout his term, Governor McAuliffe has carried through on his promise to be a ‘brick wall’ to stop attacks on reproductive health and rights. That wall has been solid,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Virginia women have made it clear that we want our reproductive rights protected and expanded, and today the governor made it clear that he hears us and is with us.”

    Tens of thousands of Virginia women and men rely on Planned Parenthood for basic healthcare services, and the bill would have drastically limited options for rural women and those who rely on Medicaid. HB 2264 passed the House and Senate despite heavy opposition from hundreds of reproductive freedom advocates, several of whom staged a silent protest during the House vote by standing up in the gallery in t-shirts that spelled out ‘We are watching’ – a nod to the upcoming November elections.

    “We knew we could count on Governor McAuliffe to veto this bill,” said Keene. “But next year we’ll have a new governor, and a new lieutenant governor and attorney general. This veto is a reminder of exactly how much is on the line in Virginia this November. If we lose the executive mansion, we could lose a woman’s right to make healthcare decisions that are best for her, including when and if to start a family. Today we celebrate, but tomorrow we are back to work.”


  • Janice Lynn

    Hey! Just FYI, the number of the bill that Governor McAuliffe vetoed today is HB2264, not HB2267. HB2267 is an amazing bill from Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn to increase women’s access to birth control. HB2264, the bill Governor McAuliffe vetoed today, is a terrible bill from Delegate Ben Cline to decrease men and women’s access to health care.

    • Thanks, I fixed it in the press release by Progress VA.