The Democratic governor of Virginia vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would have defunded the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood in the commonwealth.
“Without access to reproductive care and the freedom to exercise choice, women are denied the choice to make deeply personal health decisions,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking before representatives from from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Progress Virginia. “It’s time that our General Assembly understands that we have a responsibility to protect the rights and dignity of women.”
He pointed to North Carolina’s bathroom bill and asserted that defunding the abortion industry in Virginia would similarly be harmful to the local economy.
“Discrimination breeds hatred, and we will not tolerate that in the commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe declared. “We treat everyone equally, with dignity and respect.