Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would put new restrictions on state funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.
"We're here today to smack down the latest attack on women's health care rights, McAuliffe said Tuesday before vetoing the bill during a news conference at the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. "It's no secret that this bill is aimed at destroying Planned Parenthood."
The bill passed the Republican-controlled General Assembly earlier this year along party lines. McAuliffe, a Democrat who campaigned on a promise to be a "brick wall" against efforts to roll back access to abortion, had said he would veto the legislation.
House Bill 1090 - sponsored by Del. Benjamin L. Cline, Tea Party-Rockbridge - would have prohibited the state from contracting with non-hospital health providers that perform abortions outside of cases of rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies. The legislation also explicit states that funds for family planning should be prioritized for public entities, hospitals and more broadly focused health clinics.