Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-backed bill aimed at blocking state funding for Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions and provides other health services. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the bill passed by the Republican-dominated legislature would harm thousands of state residents who relied on Planned Parenthood for health care.

“The fact is that Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less,” he said in a statement. “The fact is that Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less,” he said in a statement. Several states have sought to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood following the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. READ MORE