Joe Biden announced today that his administration will illegally turn VA hospitals into abortion centers, in a move that breaks federal law.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday it plans to kill babies in abortions in cases of rape or incest or in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, even though doctors repeatedly say abortions are never medically necessary.
The VA says babies will be killed in abortions “regardless of state restrictions” — which means VA hospitals will become abortion centers even in pro-life states that have banned abortions.
The department submitted an interim rule to the Federal Register Thursday night that will allow abortion access on federal property in some cases, even in states that ban the procedure. VA health care providers can also coordinate abortions with private medical offices in states where abortion is still allowed. Providers can also offer to counsel pregnant veterans and eligible beneficiaries.
The VA said it will make a determination on a case-by-case basis on the necessity of abortion based on “careful consultation between VA health care providers and the Veterans they serve.” For cases of rape or incest, the VA will use self-reporting from a veteran or beneficiary.
“Pregnant veterans and VA beneficiaries deserve to have access to world-class reproductive care when they need it most,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement. “That’s what our nation owes them, and that’s what we at VA will deliver.”
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The last part means that babies will be killed in abortions in cases of rape or incest merely on the word of the woman seeking the abortion, without any report to law enforcement in order to apprehend the rapist or proof that rape or incest had occurred.
Senator James Lankford, a pro-life Republican from Oklahoma, says the move is illegal and previously sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to share his concerns. Specifically, Biden’s move is illegal under federal law.
Section 106 of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 prohibits the VA from providing abortions.
Lankford warns in his letter, “Only Congress can change federal law, and Congress has held for the past 30 years that the VA is not permitted to offer abortion services… Abortion is not and will never be healthcare. Healthcare protects life. Abortion takes life. Instead of promoting the taking of human life, I would challenge you, and others within the VA, to respect the dignity of our veterans and all of their family members, including unborn children, by ensuring services provided and funded by the VA are focused on true healthcare consistent with federal law.”
Multiple polls over the years show Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, and most recently a January 2022 Marist poll found that a majority of Americans — 54% — oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
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