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Virginia House votes to defund Planned Parenthood

The House of Delegates voted Tuesday to defund Planned Parenthood despite protests by women’s rights advocates on the Capitol grounds and in the House chamber.

On a 60-33 party-line vote, the House approved HB 2264, which would cut off federal Title X funding for Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform abortions in Virginia. The organization says loss of the funding would “significantly undermine” services at its five clinics in the state.

About a dozen protesters lined the sidewalk at Capitol Square on Tuesday morning as legislators walked from the General Assembly Building to the state Capitol. They held signs declaring “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” and “Stop the War on Virginia Women.”

Later, wearing T-shirts that spelled out “We are watching,” the demonstrators sat in the first row of the gallery overlooking the House floor to urge delegates to vote against the bill. The protesters represented such groups as Progress Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network, the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia.

Planned Parenthood’s clinics in Richmond, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville and Roanoke mostly provide cancer screenings, family planning services, contraceptive counseling, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, according to the organization. Nationally, abortions makes up about 3 percent of the group’s services.

In Virginia, Planned Parenthood clinics provide contraceptive care to thousands of low-income women each year, according to Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia.

She said most Virginians agree that a woman who has decided to terminate a pregnancy should have access to safe and affordable abortion services.

“The activism we saw today at the state Capitol is a clear sign that women care deeply about threats to their reproductive freedom,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “In voting to defund Planned Parenthood, legislators are subverting the will of the people and endangering health and the lives of thousands of Virginia women for purely ideological and political reasons. It’s shameful.”

Del. Ben Cline, R-Amherst, sponsored the legislation, which Republicans overwhelmingly supported and Democrats vigorously opposed.

Cline said his bill would direct the Title X money Virginia receives to more than 140 federally qualified and rural health clinics in Virginia. The legislation “ensures that hospitals, federally qualified health clinics and rural health clinics are funded prior to abortion centers,” he said.

Cline introduced an identical bill in the 2016 legislative session. It passed both the House and the Senate but was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. An attempt to override the veto in the House fell one vote short.

The bill states that the Virginia Department of Health “shall not enter into a contract with, or make a grant to, any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where non-federally qualified abortions are performed.”

That means the state would cut off funds for organizations that offer abortions that are not eligible for matching funds under Medicaid. This would include any abortion outside of cases of rape, incest or “gross fetal anomalies.” The bill would not apply to licensed hospitals.

The legislation is part of a nationwide effort by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood. They have pushed for similar measures in other state capitals and in Congress.

How they voted:

Here is how the House voted Tuesday on HB 2264 (“Department of Health; restrictions on expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning”).

Floor: 02/07/17 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (60-Y 33-N)

YEAS – Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Collins, Cox, Davis, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Farrell, Fowler, Freitas, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Holcomb, Hugo, Ingram, Jones, Kilgore, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Miyares, Morris, O’Bannon, O’Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Robinson, Rush, Stolle, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Speaker Howell – 60.

NAYS – Aird, Bagby, Bell, John J., Boysko, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Hayes, Heretick, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lindsey, Lopez, McQuinn, Mullin, Murphy, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Sickles, Simon, Sullivan, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Yost – 33.

NOT VOTING – Fariss, Knight, Morefield, Ransone, Watts, Yancey – 6.


YOU may want not fund something that benefits society through civil government because of YOUR religious beliefs. HOWEVER, my belief may be that I don’t believe in paying for public education for your children.  Use your own money!

Back to my point: American society is a complex blend of beliefs, individual needs, civil needs, personal beliefs and public services. As such it is a compromise of all so that we can co-exist.

Just because you believe in something very strongly doesn’t make it right for society.  I admire how strongly you state your views, but that respect only comes when its returned in kind.

If you have $10 of your own money and $10 of my money which I gave to you (let’s call that tax money) and you buy a $10 pizza and pay your $10 power bill, to what did my $10 go toward?

My $10 helped you get both, no matter what slippery accounting you choose to use.

Technically, we pay for our own future Social Security.  This was the plan until the govt turned it into a Ponzi scheme.  Got it?

poor analogy Commonsense. you’re smarter than that. Paving roads doesn’t conflict with your religious beliefs. Leftists like you pooh pooh religion, we get it. But don’t make us pay for your disregard for human life.


to distill things down, I don’t want to pay for the road to your house, or your social security or education for your kids.

However, since we are a community, not random individuals, we must pay for things we might personally disagree with in order that we all have the benefits we individually need.  Got it now?

-fed tax $ don’t pay for abortions. hyde already prohibits that (except in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is in danger).
-pp serves 1.5 million of title X’s > 4 million patients ea yr— funds can only be used to support family planning health care

“Trying to distort that point is disingenuous.”

commonsense, pls spare me the self-righteous lecture. The point is, the givers should not have to give you money for your abortion. Trying to distort that point is disingenuous.

NOT VOTING – Fariss, Knight, Morefield, Ransone, Watts, Yancey – 6.
How do you not vote on something like this? What does that tell you? Embarrassing. Its well established defunding PP hurts poor women and minorities the most. They need basic health services that many red and purple states don’t provide. Abortions are the lowest when services are high. I hope the Gov vetoes.


There is nothing so humbling to a sense of superiority than a reversal of fortune.

Many folks seem to divide the world into takers and I guess, givers or maybe “payers?” 

You might pause to reflect a bit: everyone in this society is a taker:  some in lesser degrees, some in greater degrees. Roads, schools and other services are a use of other people’s money, and yes a little bit of yours.  But we are in a society that was built on making common cause for the common good.  That philosophy entails compromises from us all.  No one gets to have it all their way.

Perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough never to need assistance, or health care that was government provided or subsidized. You are lucky.  Just working hard is not a guarantee of good health or protection against random bad luck.

Empathy with those that are suffering, instead of railing against use of “your money” for others may enrich your life.

jplegend - what is your name?

Jeanne T. 

Regarding the facts presented by ViewFromHere, would you rather he just made stuff up?

Jeanne T. 

Regarding the facts presented by ViewFromHere, would you rather he just made stuff up?

“TrumpLiesPeopleDie”-thats a good one. There wasn’t a bigger liar in the White House than Barack “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” Obama!!
Did you know that the life expectancy decreased in Obama’s 8 years? Not significantly but it happened. The first time that’s happened probably ever. Your guy Obama was a real winner!!

when will the takers who want us to pay for their abortions realize….the game is over?

JOHN M:  “... that all of the things she listed could be provided by a woman’s regular doctor or gynecologist. “

Without Obamacare or Medicaid, extremely few poor women can afford “regular doctors.”  So perhaps part of your activism could be directed to preserving a comprehensive health care system that is easy for all economic classes to use.  Vouchers and tax credits ain’t it.

@TheViewFromHere - Did you copy your talking points from Planned Parenthood’s website?

Same old tiresome stuff, jplegend? 

Sorry reality is a bit messier than what the Breitbart/FoxNews tunnel-vision has led you to believe.


-fed tax $ don’t pay for abortions. hyde already prohibits that (except in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is in danger).
-pp serves 1.5 million of title X’s > 4 million patients ea yr— funds can only be used to support family planning health care.
-teen pregnancy rates rose 70s, 80s, peaked 90s.
-teen pregnancy, birth, abortion rate @ historic lows now.

Good job VA!
What “The View From Here” doesn’t say is that all of the things she listed could be provided by a woman’s regular doctor or gynecologist.
This vote IS about abortion and who should pay for it- not the taxpayers. If you got knocked up, pay for the abortion yourself.
I’m not anti-abortion but I’m opposed to funding it with my money.
If VA reverses this decision I’m going to demand that the state pay for me to get a hair transplant since I’m going bald. Why should I have to pay for that if my money is going toward abortions.

If the stat is correct, 3% of what PP does is abortions.  Defunding the entire organization over 3% of their activities—that is certainly throwing the baby out with the bath water. Think about any other organization, entity, or individual for that matter - would you scrap support or belief in the whole thing/person based on 3% of their activities, thoughts, actions, or provocations? IF so, then you are a h@rd @$$ for sure, I hope you are as absolute in all you do. But most people have some sense of moderation, or a concept of flexibility, or compromise.  And the ability to see the good despite the bad (things that you oppose) that exists. Why, there would be no more Catholic Church if 3% of their activities (pedophilia) warranted complete disassociation.

this country is upside down. Who in their right mind would want to kill and unborn child. Back in 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that it was legal to abort an unborn child but they didn’t rule that the government should have to pay for it. Go ahead and abort away ladies, do as you CHOOSE. That’s between you and your God but don’t take my tax dollars and abort your child. And after you abort your child, go ahead and plant a Tree because you tree huggers seem to value the life of a Tree more than you do a baby.

same old tiresome tale…PP does all this other stuff, it’s not all abortions…no one on either side truly believes PP is not first and foremost an abortion machine.

Another non-fact that conservative Republicans like to push is that all Planned Parenthood is about is abortion. That’s patently untrue but it makes it so much easier to feel righteous about cutting off health care for people who can’t otherwise afford it or find easy access to it. 

Here are the facts:

Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 80 percent of their patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 Pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams each year.

Planned Parenthood provides more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests.

Only 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.

So, it might not make a great soundbite but the truth does matter.  Guess those of us who believe it’s a worthwhile service and have the means to help will just have to pick up the slack and make a donation.

Thanks Virginia GOP for making life harder than it has to be in the name of a bloody shirt to wave.

Doesn’t change the “right” to murder the baby just who pays for it.  I’m glad my tax money will not go to Planned Parenthood.  (I’m female btw)

Stupid! I guess this is the red meat for the hardcore….can they get on to bigger things, like the states transportation crisis, budget shortfall, bringing jobs to va, etc…

Once again, the GOP shows that they are unpersuaded by data. Providing access to basic health care services - annual checkups, STD screenings, contraception prescriptions - results in lower abortion rates. PP has historically provided health care services in underserved areas, where your private practice primary care physician doesn’t have an office because there is not enough $ there.

Wow!  Planned Parenthood is the most pressing issue in the Commonwealth?  Guess roads, education, and taxes are minor issues these days.

Republicans are OK with government preventing the taking of innocent lives (see: murder). So stop with the “all up in their private parts” trope. It’s getting old.

prepare for the tired old Republican war on Women protests in 3, 2, 1….

Include terminology to cover women who might die or suffer severe trauma from giving birth.  Also, as a male, I have no idea wtf I’m talking about and why my opinion on this would even matter.  So long as there are measures to ensure that abortion is not being used as birth control then I’m good.

Duncan_Idaho is right. Life takes precedence over choice. No one would have an issue if doctors were aborting tumors. PP only does abortions, every other medical service is deferred to other clinics (no one has issues with).

Pay for your own abortions, we’re sick of doing it. It ain’t healthcare. Well done VA!

This vote does nothing to deny services or “rights” to women.

If you want an abortion then you can still get one, you just have to pay for it yourself.

And if there are those among us that for some reason feel that abortion should be free, then they can donate to Planned Parenthood themselves.

I will make it my goal to unseat Minchew. This is shameful and anyone who thinks making it more difficult to get birth control will lower abortion rates is denying reality. We will never stop abortion; we will only stop safe abortions.  Minchew and all you others who voted to defund are out of step. 7 in 10 Americans defend a woman’s right to choose.

Republicans want government out of everyone’s lives… but they want to be all up in their private parts.  If you are a man you should be allowed to have an opinion on abortion only if you’ve adopted an unwanted child.

Abortion is not “health care”.

Surprised that it was not a larger margin after they were outed.

Of course the brave men of the GOP delegation decided it was time to remind women who’s in charge.  What a disgusting little bit of theater. 

GOP female delegates should be ashamed.

Assume our Governor will look out for all Virginians and veto this latest attempt to score points off denying health care to people who need it.

Will this have any effect on rich women?

For the first time in my life I’m proud of my state.

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