Here is some massively terrible news:
The Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood of Virginia because it offers abortions, an action that could endanger hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid for women’s health-care programs.
The decision, a major setback for the Senate’s new Democratic majority, marks the first time in more than a decade that the Senate has decided against giving state aid to the organization because of its abortion-related activities.
Can someone say slippery anti-choice slope? Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) noted that, “Once we start down this road, there will be no stopping.”
Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) pointed out that Planned Parenthood does a lot more than provide abortions – it provides affordable contraception!
“The irony is, Planned Parenthood probably prevents more abortions than any other organization in the country,” she said. But of course, anti-choicers aren’t concerned about preventing abortion – if they were, they’d be touting birth control – their real concern is limiting women’s choices and rolling back our rights.