Vetoes and Politics, Part IApr 04, 2016
It’s bad enough that Governor Terry McAuliffe would veto a common-sense bill like HB 1090 (prohibits state tax dollars to clinics performing abortions and redirects those funds to healthcare facilities that provide comprehensive health services to women). The least he can do is tell the truth about his reasons for doing so. Last week, the Governor held what was more akin to a victory celebration in vetoing HB 1090 – the bill that would have stripped non-Medicaid state funding from the six Planned Parenthood centers across the state. Pro-abortion activists and every news outlet in central Virginia met with Governor McAuliffe for a special invite-only affair at the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood in Richmond (where more abortions are performed than anywhere else in Virginia). The purpose of the exhibition, I can only assume, was for members of the abortion industry congratulate themselves on securing at least another year of taxpayer largesse for Planned Parenthood’s “women’s health” services (translation: abortions), all with the stroke of the Governor’s veto pen.
Clearly, all the pomp and circumstance was the Governor’s way of sticking it to pro-lifers everywhere who had the audacity to think that they should not have to subsidize with their hard-earned tax dollars a scandal-ridden corporation that takes the lives of thousands of unborn children every year.
But you wouldn’t know that by reading the Governor’s press release. According to the Governor, “This bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood, would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the health care services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers by denying them access to affordable care. The fact is that Virginians, and particularly low-income Virginians, need more access to health care, not less.”
Actually, the bill wouldn’t remove any state money currently flowing to healthcare services. It merely reprioritizes those funds so that 1) women can receive all of their healthcare services in one place at the same time instead of in a patchwork manner, and 2) we the taxpayers won’t be forced to fund the abortion industry, one member of which happens to be the richest abortion provider in the country. And by streamlining the process in this way, women would receive the benefit of “more access to health care, not less.” Meanwhile, streamlining services tends to actually save money, in this case allowing limited resources to be spread further, helping more Virginia women.
More importantly, the bill didn’t affect Medicaid funding. Meaning, low-income women would continue to be able to go to Planned Parenthood for other “services” and still bill the taxpayers for the costs. The implication that the bill would have particular effect on low-income Virginians was simply not true.
So, the Governor’s remarks are disingenuous at best. Meanwhile, considering that Governor McAuliffe received nearly $2 million from Planned Parenthood in his campaign for Governor, it’s safe to say that he “owes” them. Here we are witnessing one of several “paybacks.” In the politics of quid pro quo, facts and truth are dispensable casualties, at least whenever they are not convenient.
There are many more problems with the Governor’s reasons, but suffice it to say that he really had to stretch.
It’s no secret that this Governor is completely beholden to the billion dollar giant Planned Parenthood over and above the citizens of the Commonwealth as well as the countless unborn children to whom the Governor will never have to answer. Even so, it just seems that he could do Virginians the courtesy of providing serious and credible reasons for this veto instead of the misleading and plainly contradicted statements he chose to present. Enough with the pretenses. Just tell us what you really think. Though, I suspect that the Governor has not done so because no credible reasons actually exist to justify his veto.
Here’s to hoping for more honest governing in Governor McAuliffe’s remaining term. But as his veto of HB 1090 clearly demonstrates, the only language this Governor speaks is politics. Virginia has enough politicians in Richmond. We need a statesman.