Biden’s Department of Defense will now grant generous time off and travel expenses for military personnel to help them skirt state laws

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The waste and abuse in the federal government is the stuff of legends.

Surprisingly, the Department of Defense used to be among the least wasteful of taxpayer dollars.

But Joe Biden is changing that as the Department of Defense will now grant generous time off and travel expenses for military personnel to help them skirt state laws.

President Joe Biden is continuing his efforts to make laws through executive rulemaking.

And he doesn’t care if he breaks the law to do it.

An effort to skirt state laws on abortion

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has announced it will grant up to three weeks off and pay transportation expenses for servicemembers and/or dependent family members who travel to obtain an abortion.

The new policy is an effort by the Biden to skirt the laws of states that have ended or restricted abortion following last June’s Supreme Court Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

That’s right, Joe Biden’s military is now actively pro-abortion, all at taxpayer expense.

The DOD’s latest action comes as a response to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s October 20, 2022, memo directing DOD to take steps to ensure that servicemembers and their families are able to access “non-covered reproductive health care.”

That term is an umbrella term that includes elective abortions.

On February 16, 2023, Under Secretary of Defense Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. issued the new policy to senior Pentagon leadership and other commanders.

“Destroying innocent life doesn’t help women or strengthen our military.” 

This included the following language:

“Travel and transportation allowances may be authorized for Service members and dependents to travel to access non-covered reproductive health care. Travel and transportation allowances may be authorized when access to non-covered reproductive health care services is not available within the local area of the member’s permanent duty station, temporary duty location, or the last location the dependent was transported on Government orders. The non-covered reproductive health care is at the Service member’s expense.”

In other words, DOD will pay travel expenses to send women service members and their families out of state to obtain elective abortions but as of yet won’t pay for the abortion itself.

Under current law, military hospitals can only perform abortions arising from rape or incest, or where necessary to save the life of the mother.

The new policy received immediate criticism from Pro-Life Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted out, “Destroying innocent life doesn’t help women or strengthen our military.”

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) told Newsweek that in response to the new DOD policy, and to force a reconsideration of the policy, he will place a hold on President Joe Biden’s military and civilian DOD nominations that come before the Senate for confirmation.

Tuberville called the expansion of DOD authority a “gross misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

“The public policy of our nation, and especially of our military, ought to be to save the lives of preborn children, not facilitate their killing”

And Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a series of tweets condemning the DOD’s action:

“My concerns with this policy aren’t just about abortion itself; they’re about what signal this sends to military families—and especially military women—who choose to have children rather than prevent or abort them. That signal is not an encouraging one.”

And an article in The Daily Citizen said; “The public policy of our nation, and especially of our military, ought to be to save the lives of preborn children, not facilitate their killing.”

It’s time for the American people to hold Biden and the Democrats accountable for their actions.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.