After the momentous SCOTUS ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, the Department of Defense blatantly said that it will ignore laws that restrict abortion.

The Pentagon is working to “ensure” the Defense Department continues to allow access to abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Shortly after the court’s decision was handed down, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that “nothing is more important to me or to this department than the health and well-being of our service members, the civilian workforce, and DOD families.”.

The Department of Defense has no policy in place as of the moment in order to aid service members in attaining abortions, and federal law only allows military facilities to perform abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger.

Austin said department employees would have access to abortion-related procedures, following his statement:

“I am committed to taking care of our people & ensuring the readiness & resilience of our Force. The Department is examining this decision closely & evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law.”

“Female troops seeking the procedure already face steep hurdles to getting the care they need: They cannot get abortions at military medical facilities, & federal law also prevents troops from using their Tricare health insurance to cover the cost of the procedures at private facilities, unless the life of the mother is at risk due to the Hyde Amendment.”

Defense officials said that Austin has taken the initiative to develop new abortion policies for the military. However, it is not clear whether a new policy will be forthcoming any time soon.

In this brazen defiance of the highest court in the land’s authority, the Department of Defense is insinuating that not only will it defy state laws against abortion, but it will use federal tax money to do so, 100 Percent Fedup noted.

Source: 100PercentFedUp

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