December 9, 2022

Pentagon to Pay Abortion Travel Expenses for Military Members and Dependents

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
A memorandum released by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the creation of a fund that will pay the travel expenses of military members and their dependents if they live in states with pro-life laws. This is the latest move by the Biden administration to use federal agencies to undermine state pro-life laws established in the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson.

In the memo, Secretary Austin writes, “In my judgment, such effects qualify as unusual, extraordinary, hardship, or emergency circumstances for Service members and their dependents and will interfere with our ability to recruit, retain, and maintain the readiness of a highly qualified force.”

Among other things, the memorandum announces the creation of a fund that will reimburse service members for the cost of out-of-state travel if abortions are not available in their local areas. The new policy also extends the time service members have to notify commanders of pregnancy from two weeks of gestation to twenty.

The memorandum directs the Pentagon to complete the list of pro-abortion initiatives by the end of 2022.

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