Va. gov vetoes bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Virginia's Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a bill from the GOP-majority state legislature that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. 

"It's time that our General Assembly understands that we have a responsibility to protect the rights and dignity of women," Gov. Terry McAuliffe said at a press conference. 

"Without access to reproductive care and the freedom to exercise choice, women are denied the choice to make deeply personal health decisions." 

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McAuliffe's veto comes as the Republican-controlled Congress moves to restrict funds for Planned Parenthood at the federal level. 

The House voted last week to roll back an Obama-era regulation that barred states from defunding healthcare providers for political reasons. 

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Obama urges voters to 'demand better' after Trump rolls back fuel standards Trump administration rolls back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards MORE's rule required that state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings to health providers, regardless of whether they also perform abortions. 

Republican leaders have also said that a provision defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in a bill that will also repeal ObamaCare. 

Leaders hope to have that bill passed by the end of March.