The Department of Defense announced Thursday that the Pentagon will pay for service members and their dependents to travel to abort their unborn babies.
A Pentagon memo obtained by The Daily Signal says that it will establish “travel and transportation allowances for Service members and their dependents, as appropriate and consistent with applicable federal law and operational requirements, and as necessary amend any applicable travel regulations, to facilitate official travel to access non covered reproductive health care that is unavailable within the local area of a Service member’s permanent duty station.”
The Pentagon memo, which framed the move as a response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, also said that it will develop a program to reimburse fees for those Defense Department health care providers who “wish to become licensed in a different state than that in which they are currently licensed” — suggesting that those who want to perform abortions in states other than the one they are currently licensed may do so on the Pentagon’s dime.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered that the actions outlined in his memo be executed “as soon as possible,” noting that all actions must be completed no later than the end of the calendar year.
“Our greatest strength is our people,” he concluded. “There is no higher priority than taking care of our people, and ensuring their health and well-being. The Department of Defense will continue to closely evaluate our policies to ensure that we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as appropriate and consistent with federal law.”
The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Signal.
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