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Proposed Funding Cut to Planned Parenthood Causes Friction in GA

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Abortion rights advocates in the Virginia General Assembly say House Republicans are waging a war on women with the state budget.

The House budget proposes a funding cut to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in the state. Democrats in the General Assembly say that would prevent some women from getting health care and family planning services.

“There is no reason to defund these centers unless you're driven by an ideology that is wrapped around women being denied access to healthcare,” said 31st District Senator Barbara Favola (D).

Democrats and abortion rights advocates are also pushing to expand Medicaid health coverage as a means of providing care to uninsured women.

Republicans say Democrats are focused too much on divisive social issues, and not enough on the economy.

“While Republicans in the House of Delegates are reforming SOLs, creating good jobs and fighting for mental health reforms, Democrats in the General Assembly continue to focus on divisive social issues, insist on refighting the old legislative battles and are trying to falsely vilify Republicans. This year we made increased funding and reforms to combat sexual and domestic violence a top priority, and we continue to fight for tougher penalties on human trafficking, child predators and sex offenders,” said Virginia House Republican spokesman Matthew Moran.

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