Within the wake of reports that the Pentagon pays for service members and their dependents to journey to abort their unborn infants, Republicans are reminding the Division of Protection that it might not fund abortions.
“Each the legislation itself and Congressional intent are clear: the U.S. navy might not fund elective abortion,” the bicameral group of lawmakers stated in a letter first obtained by The Each day Sign. “This essentially consists of funding for any exercise necessitated by the abortion, similar to journey and transportation.”
The letter, led by Reps. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and James Lankford of Oklahoma, references the Pentagon’s Oct. 20 memorandum saying that the Protection Division would set up “journey and transportation allowances for Service members and their dependents … to facilitate official journey to entry non coated reproductive well being care that’s unavailable inside the native space of a Service member’s everlasting obligation station.”
The October announcement famous that the transfer was a direct response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The memorandum claims that funding abortion journey can be completed in accordance with federal legislation, however the Republicans word that funding journey and transportation to get abortions by way of the DOD would “in and of itself violate federal legislation” and contradict the Protection Division’s “previous recognition, interpretation, and implementation of this legislation.”
“Congress has clearly and constantly acted to forestall the U.S. navy from funding elective abortion procedures and providers necessitated by these procedures, and DOD has acknowledged and complied with the legislation,” the Republicans stated. “We’re appalled by the flagrant disregard for the legislation expressed by the Division on this memorandum.”
The lawmakers referred to as on Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin to clarify whether or not the DOD has begun offering transportation and journey for abortions, and if that’s the case, the place the cash is coming from to fund this “unlawful coverage.” Additionally they demanded specifics on throughout “what week gestation would journey and transportation to acquire an elective abortion be offered”—together with whether or not the DOD would implement the unlawful coverage up till start.
The Pentagon memo, which framed the transfer as a response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, additionally stated that it’ll develop a program to reimburse charges for these Protection Division well being care suppliers who “want to turn into licensed in a distinct state than that through which they’re at the moment licensed”—suggesting that those that need to carry out abortions in states aside from the one they’re at the moment licensed might accomplish that on the Pentagon’s dime.
Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin ordered that the actions outlined in his memo be executed “as quickly as attainable,” noting that each one actions should be accomplished no later than the tip of the calendar 12 months.
“Our best energy is our folks,” he concluded. “There isn’t any larger precedence than taking good care of our folks, and guaranteeing their well being and well-being. The Division of Protection will proceed to intently consider our insurance policies to make sure that we proceed to supply seamless entry to reproductive well being care as applicable and in keeping with federal legislation.”
In response to a request for remark from The Each day Sign, Division of Protection spokesman Charlie Dietz confirmed in October that “if the dependent of a service member lives in a state the place abortion entry is restricted, the DoD will cowl their journey and transportation prices to a location the place they will legally obtain the care.”
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