The secretary of Veterans Affairs stated on Sunday that his division is looking at offering abortion entry to veterans in states that prohibit or ban the process.
Denis McDonough stated on CNN’s “State of the Union” that there are about 300,000 female veterans of childbearing age that depend on the VA for well being and reproductive care.
“We’re going to make sure that they have access to the full slate of that care, because 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 “provide abortions and abortion-related services and resources” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Following the choice, a lot of states rapidly enacted legal guidelines banning abortion or severely limiting its use.
“We’re looking expressly at these questions about how we guarantee the life and the health of our veterans — our women veterans — those 300,000 who rely on us for their care,” McDonough advised host Jake Tapper.
“I don’t have any announcements to make on that this morning, Jake. But we’re looking very closely at that to ensure that there’s no diminution and no reduction of services to them and no risk to their — to their lives as a result of these decisions,” McDonough stated.
He was requested if his choice was to have the services offered at VA hospitals within the states limiting abortion.
”My choice is that they not face dangers to their lives because of this determination from the courtroom. We’re going to be sure that we’re able to maintain that,” McDonough stated.