Statement of Delegate Cline Regarding Passage of Legislation to Prioritize Women's Health care Funding

Richmond – Delegate Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) today announced that his bill (HB 2264) to restrict the expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services has passed both the House and the Senate, and will be sent to Governor Terry McAuliffe for review.

“I am pleased that my bill to redirect taxpayer dollars toward more comprehensive providers of health care services for women has now passed the General Assembly,” said Cline.  “I look forward to its continued success now that it is being sent to the Governor’s desk.” 

House Bill 2264 prohibits the Department of Health from spending any funds on an abortion that is not qualified for matching funds under the Medicaid program or providing any grants or other funds to any entity that performs such abortions. The bill also prioritizes the types of entities that the Department of Health contracts with or provides grants to for family planning services. 

Eleven states have adopted legislation or acted administratively to redirect or prohibit funding of the abortion industry.  Most recently, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed such legislation.  Other states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. 

Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected to his eighth term in November 2016. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Courts of Justice Committee.