The secretary of Veterans Affairs stated on Sunday that his division is taking a look at offering abortion entry to veterans in states that limit or ban the process.
Denis McDonough stated on CNN’s “State of the Union” that there are about 300,000 feminine veterans of childbearing age that depend on the VA for well being and reproductive care.
“We’re going to guarantee that they’ve entry to the complete slate of that care, as a result of that’s what we owe them,” McDonough stated.
The query was prompted by a letter 24 Democratic senators despatched to McDonough final week that acknowledged the VA has statutory authority to “present abortions and abortion-related providers and sources” after the Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Following the choice, plenty of states rapidly enacted legal guidelines banning abortion or severely proscribing its use.
“We’re trying expressly at these questions on how we assure the life and the well being of our veterans — our girls veterans — these 300,000 who depend on us for his or her care,” McDonough instructed host Jake Tapper.
“I don’t have any bulletins to make on that this morning, Jake. However we’re trying very intently at that to make sure that there’s no diminution and no discount of providers to them and no danger to their — to their lives on account of these selections,” McDonough stated.
He was requested if his desire was to have the providers offered at VA hospitals within the states proscribing abortion.
”My desire is that they not face dangers to their lives on account of this choice from the courtroom. We’re going to guarantee that we’re able to maintain that,” McDonough stated.