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Sen. Tuberville Holds Biden Administration Accountable for Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Facilitated by the Department of Veterans Affairs

by | Apr 16, 2024

WASHINGTON: Today, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) introduced the VA Abortion Transparency Act to impose new abortion reporting requirements on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create more transparency for taxpayers.

In 2022, the Biden administration’s VA announced it would begin facilitating abortions for veterans and their dependents through the taxpayer-funded VA health care system. Despite multiple congressional inquiries and questions regarding the legality of such a change in long-standing policy, the VA implemented the regulation.

The VA reported in October 2023 that from September 9, 2022 to September 30, 2023, the agency facilitated 88 abortions. The VA has refused to release updated data regarding additional abortions facilitated since this last report, despite multiple congressional letters requesting the data.

 

As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Tuberville believes taxpayers deserve to know how the VA is using its resources. Among several data requests, Senator Tuberville’s legislation would mandate quarterly reports on the total number of abortions facilitated through the VA, the method through which the abortions are being conducted, and the number of gestational weeks at which point the abortions are occurring.

“Congress has spoken. The Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 clearly prohibits the VA from providing abortion services of any kind,” said Senator Tuberville. “For the Biden administration to twist the law into something other than what Congress intended and force the cost on the taxpayer is a disgrace. Our veterans deserve a VA that is 100% focused on ensuring they receive timely and quality care, not on implementing Joe Biden’s abortion-on-demand agenda. I am proud to introduce this bill that provides much needed transparency for taxpayers and holds the VA accountable.”

The legislation is supported by Heritage Action, CatholicVote, National Right to Life, March for Life Action, Concerned Women for America, and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Budd (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and John Thune (R-SD) are cosponsoring the legislation.

Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) introduced companion legislation in the House.