April 25, 2012 — A two-year, $85 billion state budget approved by the Virginia General Assembly last week eliminates all funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs in the state, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.
House and Senate budget negotiators cut the $455,000 the Senate had approved for the programs.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia blamed the lack of funding on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who did not request the money in his budget proposal. Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said in a statement, "We are shocked and saddened that Virginia is taking this backwards step that will harm public health and the well-being of Virginia's young people" (Vozzella, "Virginia Politics," Washington Post, 4/23).