Washington, D.C. – The United States Department of Defense announced yesterday that it would cover the cost of travel for elective abortions for service members and their dependents through the second trimester of pregnancy. These changes are an implementation of the directive given by the Secretary of Defense in 2022 and apply even to service members who live in localities where life-saving laws have been implemented.
The updated rules include:
- Cash travel allowances to cover expenses surrounding elective abortion.
- A change to reporting standards – service members will have until 20 weeks gestation to notify their commanding officers of pregnancy and intent to terminate.
- Paid leave of up to 21 days for elective abortions.
In response, Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, released the following statement:
“President Biden has turned the lethality of the American military towards pre-born children, forcing every American to be culpable in their homicide. This is an extraordinarily sick policy. Pro-life members of Congress must stand up to these egregious abuses of the Biden administration and ensure that our military is not using our tax dollars to kill our children. Our military personnel should be focused on protecting American children, not killing them.”
Science clearly confirms the humanity of each preborn child at the moment of fertilization when genetics such as ethnicity, hair color, eye color, and other traits are already determined. By the end of 12 weeks, all of the child’s organs and body systems are fully formed. Studies show that child can feel pain by the end of the first trimester. Yet the Biden administration will use taxpayer dollars to kill children much older — nearly able to survive outside the womb with medical assistance.
“From the moment of fertilization, a child is human, and abortion is the act of killing them. The military will fund barbaric procedures, including the abortion pill used in the first trimester, which starves and poisons a child. Abortion procedures like a D&E abortion used to kill a pain-capable child at 20 weeks gestational age tortures a helpless infant, with the abortionist dilating the mother’s cervix, then uses instruments to tear the child limb from limb. President Biden is in the pocket of the abortion industry, and he’s shamefully forcing our men and women in uniform to be the abortion industry’s accomplice.”
About Lila Rose and Live Action – Lila Rose founded and serves as president of Live Action. Live Action is a 501(c)3 human rights non-profit and the digital leader of the global pro-life movement. Live Action exists today to shift public opinion against abortion and to defend the rights of the most vulnerable. With 6.4 million social media followers and 1.8 billion lifetime video views, Live Action reaches up to 100 million people per month – saving lives and transforming hearts, with 43% of surveyed followers saying Live Action’s content has changed their position against abortion. Through compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, investigative reporting, and community activism, Live Action reveals the humanity of preborn children and exposes the abortion industry’s exploitation of women and families for profit. Lila is also the author of Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World. Find Lila on Twitter at @lilagracerose, and Instagram at @lilaroseofficial, and Facebook at @lilagracerose. Find out more at http://www.liveaction.org.
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