Nice job by Del. Charniele Herring. Shame on the Virginia GOP (not that they have any shame).
GOP Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
RICHMOND, Va. – In a party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates today passed a bill to defund women’s health care providers that perform abortions – including Planned Parenthood – even if the funds are not used for that purpose.
“Women deserve access to safe, reliable health care,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “We should not stand between a woman and her doctor, and we should not cause harm to vulnerable women for the sake of achieving a mean-spirited political victory. This bill will hurt thousands of Virginians, especially low-income women and women of color.”
Between 2010 and 2012, the pregnancy-related death rate in Texas nearly doubled – the same period during which the state drastically cut women’s health funding, including to Planned Parenthood.
Delegate Herring’s full floor speech against the bill is posted to the Virginia House Democratic Caucus Facebook page.