The Biden administration is once again directing federal agencies to expand abortion access in any way possible. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is poised to provide abortions to female veterans across the United States—even in states where such procedures may be illegal.
The department announced last week, “Specifically, VA will provide access to abortions when the life or health of the pregnant Veteran would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.”
Data from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute show that states where abortion is restricted include clauses allowing abortion if the life or health of the mother is threatened. So why does the VA need to weigh in? It’s not too hard to guess.
While billed as protecting vulnerable women, the directive serves two purposes: fulfilling pro-abortion politicians’ goals of expanding abortion access and furthering the narrative that pro-life laws are harming women.
“This is a patient safety decision,” said Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in a statement announcing the new guidance. “Pregnant Veterans and VA beneficiaries deserve to have access to world-class reproductive care when they need it most. That’s what our nation owes them, and that’s what we at VA will deliver.”
The press release also notes, “VA is taking steps to guarantee Veterans and other VA beneficiaries abortion-related care anywhere in the country.”
This is new guidance, which dropped right before Labor Day weekend, will give pro-abortion activists a “win” they can point to and it continues the current of fearmongering surrounding women’s health in a post-Roe United States. Still, no matter how hard the federal government tries to make abortion seem like an essential part of women’s health care, it doesn’t change the fact that it does nothing to advance the health of women or their babies.