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Governor's veto on defunding Planned Parenthood called 'deeply offensive'


  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, pictured in a 2013 photo, has again "demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation's largest abortion provider" by vetoing a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, said the state's Catholic conference. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
  • The Planned Parenthood facility in Washington is seen Dec. 3, 2016. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again "demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation's largest abortion provider" by vetoing a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, said the state's Catholic conference.

They said his action comes at the "expense of comprehensive health care for women" because the defunding measure would have redirected state dollars to community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families.

The comments came in a statement issued Feb. 21 by the Virginia Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops.

Earlier that day when McAuliffe vetoed the bill, known as H.B. 2264, Planned Parenthood and its supporters held a veto ceremony on the steps of the governor's mansion in Richmond. He vetoed a defunding measure last year as well.

"Attempts to restrict women's access to health care will impede the goal of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and run a business," he said in a statement.

New reports said pro-life supporters also rallied at the mansion, holding signs that read "All Lives Matter" and "Say No to Planned Parenthood."

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