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Following the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Americans turned to the Biden administration to overturn a 50-year precedent to protect a person’s abortion rights. In July, the Biden administration signed an executive order in a modest attempt to protect reproductive health.

on Friday, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will begin offering abortion counseling to pregnant veterans and beneficiaries, and abortions in cases of rape, incest, or the life and health of the pregnant person are in jeopardy. .

Veterans seeking reproductive health counseling are available nationwide, even in the 15 states with the strictest abortion laws that do not allow access to abortions, even in cases of incest or rape. These states include Alabama and Arizona. , Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Move to protect more Americans through VA comes as president Joe Biden Even after the conservative-majority Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in late June, it continued to take every small step possible to protect Americans’ reproductive health freedoms. I’m here.

“This is a patient safety decision,” said Veterans Affairs Commissioner Dennis McDonagh. “Pregnant veterans and veteran beneficiaries have the right to access world-class reproductive care when they need it most. Thing.”

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced in a ruling that beneficiaries enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) Civil Health and Medical Program are also eligible for abortion care under the rule.

“We came to this decision after listening to veteran health care providers and veterans across the country who warned that abortion restrictions were creating a medical emergency for the people we serve. Nothing more important than providing this care saves the health and lives of our veterans,” added Dr. Shereef Elnahal, VA’s undersecretary of health.

The VA also accepts self-reports by rape or incest victims as “sufficient evidence” of access to an abortion. This is unlike states where assaults must be submitted to law enforcement before the victim can seek abortion care.

of pentagon It also announced in June that active duty military personnel and other Department of Defense medical beneficiaries would continue to have access to abortion care, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling.

VA’s rules are open for public comment for 30 days after they become effective.



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