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Sen. Lankford Sounds the Alarm on the VA’s Proposed Plan to Illegally Provide Abortions 

by | Aug 29, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to share his concerns with a not -yet-public Interim Final Rule (IFR) recently submitted by the VA to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pertaining to “reproductive health services” at the VA, that may attempt to usurp federal law and provide abortions at VA medical facilities. 

In his letter, Lankford raises his concerns about the rule because of the Biden Administration’s ongoing obsession with abortion and Secretary McDonough’s recent concerning statements about how the VA wants to offer a “full slate” of women’s health services after the decision in Dobbs

Despite McDonough’s troubling statements, 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.” 

Lankford remains a leading pro-life voice in the Senate to stand up against the Biden Administration’s obsession with abortion, especially after the Supreme Court’s ruling to return decisions about abortions to the people’s elected representatives. The latest episode of Lankford’s podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford, was a conversation about the pro-abortion lobby spreading false rumors about miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and what that means for the future of women’s health. 

You can read the full letter HERE.

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