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Richmond, VA — Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia released the following statement Friday in response to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s speech to the Joint Meeting of the House Appropriations, House Finance and Senate Finance & Appropriations Committees:

“As Governor Youngkin celebrates the financial position of the Commonwealth, he should know that advancing an abortion ban would jeopardize the Commonwealth’s economy.

“Not only are abortion bans bad for people who need health care, they’re bad for businesses that are building more diverse and inclusive workforces. People don’t want to work in states with abortion restrictions. Two thirds of college-educated workers -- and 73% of women -- are less likely to apply for a job in a state which passes legislation similar to Texas's SB 8, according to research by PerryUndem. 

“Virginians value entrepreneurship, freedom and privacy. Governor Youngkin’s intent to ban abortion is antithetical to all of those values and is bad for business.”