A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Interim Final Rule (IFR) allows the VA to provides abortion counseling, and abortions up until the moment of birth, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, directly violating federal law.
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and James Lankford (R-OK) submitted a bicameral public comment letter urging the VA to obey the law and rescind the IFR.
- “The VA does not have the power to override an Act of Congress to impose its preferred policy of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand until birth.”
- “Section 106(a) of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 (VHCA) restricts the VA from providing abortions: ‘In furnishing hospital care and medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may provide to women . . . [g]eneral reproductive health care . . . but not including under this section . . . abortions.’”