Statement of Delegate Cline Regarding the Governor's Veto of HB 2264

Richmond – Delegate Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) expressed disappointment at the Governor’s announced veto of HB 2264, a bill to restrict the expenditure of funds related to abortions. 

“This important legislation would have prioritized taxpayer dollars toward providers of more comprehensive health care services, and the Governor’s veto undermines those efforts to improve health care in rural and underserved areas,” said Cline.  “I am disappointed that Governor McAuliffe has again chosen to side with the abortion lobby over the health care needs of women across Virginia, and it is my hope that the General Assembly will override the Governor’s veto later this week.” 

House Bill 2264 prohibits the Department of Health from spending any funds on an abortion that is Medicaid-ineligible or providing any grants or other funds to any entity other than a licensed hospital that performs such abortions. The bill also prioritizes the types of entities that receive Department of Health funding toward more comprehensive services including primary care providers and rural health centers. 

Nearly a dozen states have adopted legislation or acted administratively to redirect or prohibit funding of the abortion industry, in particular Planned Parenthood.  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.