Posted BY: The American Spectator
The Department of Veterans Affairs moved to undermine state laws and break federal law to provide abortions to pregnant veterans and eligible VA beneficiaries.
The department, which proposed a new interim rule on Thursday evening, will expand its services to include abortion counseling and abortions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.
VA Secretary Denis McDonough said, “This is a patient safety decision. Pregnant Veterans and VA beneficiaries deserve to have access to world-class reproductive care when they need it most.”
The new services will be authorized within 30 days of publication of the rule, said a press release from the VA.
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“Once the rule is published, VA will immediately prepare to provide these services in as many locations as possible,” said the release.
The VA has 1,298 health care facilities throughout the United States and many of those are in the dozens of states that have moved to restrict abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June. (READ MORE: Abortion Law Tracker: Everything You Need to Know About All 50 States)