RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have restricted funding to local Planned Parenthood offices.
House Bill 1090 would have prohibited the Virginia Department of Health from contracting with providers that offer abortions outside of cases of rape, incest or severe fetal deformities.
Supporters of this veto say 1,300 low-income women would have lost access to affordable health care, including contraception and tests for sexually transmitted infection if the bill had become law. Opponents say the money could have gone to women's health clinics that provide care, but not abortions.
Taylor Medley says Planned Parenthood gives her access to education and options beyond abstinence-only sex education.
"That didn't really work," she said from inside the office. "People didn't know what condoms were, people didn't know birth control was an option."
Jen Hanrahan stood outside with her nine children, five which are adopted. Hanrahan says she's against the non-profit because it's the state's largest abortion provider.
"I would like to see that money go towards organizations that are truly concerned about offering mammograms and STI testing and ultrasounds," she said.
The veto puts the governor at odds with conservative groups.
"We're here today to smack down the latest attack on women's health care rights," said Governor McAuliffe. "Without this service we could see an increase in STDs, more complications with pregnancies and an increase in health issues among newborns."
"Virginia's taxpayers are better served when their money is given to truly compassionate, comprehensive health centers like this legislation required," said the Family Foundation. "Unfortunately, once again, Governor McAuliffe put abortion ideology ahead of the well-being of women."
Legislators could challenge the Governor's veto, but more than likely do not have enough votes to overturn it.
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