Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a law on Friday that requires state taxpayers to fund abortion in any circumstance.
The law ends a ban on abortion coverage for insurance plans. The ban was originally enacted by former Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell in 2011 and allowed the Affordable Care Act to only cover abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
Northam's move was slammed by several religious leaders in the state.
"Governor Northam has crossed yet another tragic threshold by inserting abortion without limits into Virginia's health benefits exchange," said Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond. "We decry the enactment of this deplorable policy, which is built on the destructive lie that abortion is healthcare. We are saddened when we contemplate the increased number of unborn lives likely to be lost as a result."