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Virginia not part of fetal tissue program

Virginia not part of fetal tissue program

Videos showing national leaders of Planned Parenthood discussing the organization's policies regarding the provision of fetal tissue for research have sparked a national debate about its federal funding along with calls for investigations by multiple states.

Republican legislators in Virginia, led by Speaker William "Bill" Howell, R-Stafford, are among them. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rejected their call, noting in a radio address that there had been no complaints in the state.

Also, while Planned Parenthood operates seven clinics in Virginia, six of which offer first-trimester abortions — any conducted after the first trimester must be performed in...