Despite calls to do so by state Republican lawmakers, the Washington Post reports that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe opposes investigating Planned Parenthood over this week’s aborted baby parts sale revelations.
“Governor McAuliffe was disturbed by the content of the video in question,” spokesman Brian Coy said,” but does not believe it should be fodder for political attacks on women’s access to health care.” According to Coy, McAuliffe “is confident that” the state’s existing health laws and regulations are sufficient to ensure “any violation of those laws and regulations will be reported and appropriate action taken.”
Leaders in Congress, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas have all launched investigations into how widespread the practices in the video are and whether Planned Parenthood is violating organ trafficking laws.
But Virginia Delegate Jackson Miller suggests McAuliffe’s reluctance to join them is political: “Governor McAuliffe received nearly $2 million in campaign contributions from the abortion industry.”
As Live Action News has previously covered, McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said while campaigning for governor he would be a “brick wall” against “any restrictions” on abortion, including abortions past 20 weeks, and that he would oppose implementation of health regulations that only one of eighteen abortion clinics in Virginia meets, despite extensive reporting of health violations in the state’s facilities.