Leaked Veterans Affairs training promotes abortion as ‘opportunity for growth’


CatholicVote has recently obtained a leaked memo from the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs which shows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been promoting abortion to its members. CatholicVote also viewed a VA training video in which abortions were promoted as “opportunities for growth,” while methods for suggesting abortion to pregnant mothers in a “sensitive, inclusive, and affirming” way were encouraged.

One of the training presentations was called, “Reproductive Health Education and Training,” and included 10 training videos on “abortion, reproductive care, and mental health, as well as a handout on chemical abortion.” A video within the presentation promoted abortion as a form of support for struggling mothers.

Under the Biden administration, the VA has worked to expand abortion. In September 2022, it created a rule allowing pregnant veterans and their dependents to receive abortions at VA hospitals in cases of rape, incest, or if the health of the mother is in jeopardy, even in states with protections for preborn human beings. These concessions were put in place despite a 1992 law prohibiting the VA from committing abortions, and the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions. Reports show that since that time, 34 abortions have been committed in VA facilities.

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“While unsurprising, these materials confirm that the Biden administration’s VA is thumbing its nose at long-standing federal law and not only funding abortions with taxpayer dollars but promoting the murder of American children,” said CatholicVote Director of Government Affairs Tom McClusky.

“We will continue to urge the Biden administration to enforce the Hyde Amendment and other laws that definitively ended federal funding of abortion over 40 years ago,” added CatholicVote President Brian Burch. “But at this point, it’s clear that the current White House is occupied by people who are absolutely hostile to human life and the rule of law.”

Pregnant service members have long reported feeling pressure to abort their children in order to be considered “good soldiers” — and these latest reports indicate that little has changed.

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