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Congressman Bruce Westerman's Weekly Column

The Biden Administration, in a continuation of its radical “abortion on demand” agenda, created a program to use federal tax dollars to fund abortion-related travel for service members and their families living in a state where abortion access is limited. This is a blatant infringement on the consciences of countless Americans who believe in the sanctity of life and the value of the unborn. The Biden Administration continually disrespects those deeply held convictions by circumventing Congress to funnel pro-life Americans’ hard-earned taxes to pay for the abortions of others. For nearly five decades, the Hyde Amendment was supported on both sides of the aisle as a reasonable protection for those who believe in the sanctity of life. Even those who supported abortion had the decency to agree that pro-life Americans should not be forced to pay for the abortions of others.

 

This Administration, however, has sided with the most radical faction of the Democrat party who believe in limitless, taxpayer funded abortion, regardless of your personal or religious beliefs. That is why I sent a letter with 40 of my Republican colleagues to Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin expressing our grave concern with this blatant overreach of government power, infringing on the personal or religious beliefs of millions of Americans.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization made it possible for every state to decide their laws surrounding abortion for themselves based on the beliefs of their constituencies.


Our military members abide by the state’s laws in which they are stationed in every other way. Abortion law should be no different. Servicemembers are legally allowed to have an abortion in accordance with that state’s laws or pay to travel to another state out of their own pocket, just like everyone else. And just like every other American, they should not ask taxpayers to fund it. Our military is meant to be a non-partisan entity dedicated to the defense of our great nation. The Biden Administration is intentionally placing our service members in the crosshairs of unprecedented politicization in order to further its radical agenda.

 

For nearly 50 years, Democrats and Republicans agreed to respect the sincere convictions of pro-life Americans by ensuring their tax dollars are withheld from funding elective abortions. I call on the Biden Administration to end this extremist program immediately. 
 
10-29-22  11:15 PM KAWX.ORG