Joe Biden Threatens to Veto Bill Stopping Taxpayer Funded Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 19, 2023   |   5:50PM   |   Washington, DC

Joe Biden has threatned to veto a bill sponsored by a pro-life Republican that would stop illegal taxpayer funding of abortiona via the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As LifeNews reported, the Senate is expected to vote this week on a resolution introduced by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., which would block the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing taxpayer-funded abortions to retired service members.

“Using our VA medical facilities to provide taxpayer-funded abortions is illegal and wrong,” Tuberville said in a news release exclusively provided to The Daily Signal. “The VA’s new policy is a blatant violation of federal law. It forces taxpayers to fund abortions at VA facilities. And it provides limited conscience protections for doctors and nurses with religious objections to performing abortions.

The Senate will vote on Tuberville’s Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to block Veterans Affairs’ Sept. 9 interim final rule allowing the department to provide abortions to retired service members, their spouses, and their dependents.

For the past few weeks, Tuberville has been boldly standing up for unborn babies and American taxpayers by blocking Pentagon nominees until the Biden administration reverses the pro-abortion policy.

But Biden’s office has threatned to veto it.

The White House on Wednesday threatened a veto of a resolution that would invalidate a rule issued last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer abortions in certain cases and abortion counseling to veterans.

In a Statement of Administration Policy, the White House warned the resolution “undermines patient safety and invites political interference into deeply personal decisions made by pregnant veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries in consultation with their health care providers, threatening their health and lives.”

If the resolution make it to President Biden’s desk, “he would veto it,” the White House said.

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The resolution has 34 Republican co-sponsors in the Senate and one Democratic co-sponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. More than 50 House members also co-sponsored the bill.

Susan B. Anthony Pro Life-America, March for Life, National Right to Life, Catholic Vote, Heritage Action, and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee endorsed the legislation.

The new department policy requires taxpayers to pay travel costs and paid time off for military service members and their families to abort their unborn babies. As a result, approximately 4,1000 more unborn babies could be killed in abortions every year, Republican lawmakers said.

Republican lawmakers say the policy clearly violates Title 10 Section 1093 of the U.S. Code, which states that “funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to perform abortions except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or in a case in which the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.”

Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, agrees and is calling for the Biden administration to end the pro-abortion policy. Lee said that if the Department of Defense is so concerned about getting nominees approved that Senator Tuberville and others are blocking it would rescind the policy immediately.

“I suspect if the Department of Defense wanted to really stand behind that, they could offer to suspend this regulation that they’ve issued this — policy memorandum they issued on Feb. 16,” he said.

Lee added: “Suspend that until such time as we can debate it, discuss it, and work on it in the NDAA. Look, let this be a message to Secretary Austin. If you want to make the laws, run for Congress, but you can’t legislate from the E-ring at the Pentagon. You cannot do that. Until then, stand down, and leave the lawmaking to lawmakers.”

Tuberville, for his part, is not backing down on blocking DOD nominees over the pro-abortion policy and forcing the Senate to approve them in a very slow one by one fashion instead of as a slate like normal.

“Sen. Schumer and some of the other senators have claimed that my hold on these nominees is unprecedented. Well, it’s not. My hold is far from unprecedented,” he said. “In fact, Sen. Bennet himself threatened to do the exact same thing just a few months ago. Why? Because the Air Force’s planned to move Space Command from Colorado to Huntsville, Alabama. … Two years ago, we had a senator from Illinois put a hold on 1,000 nominees over the promotion of one single officer. So far, my hold has affected 184 nominations.”

“Democrats are in a panic about 184 promotions for generals and officers. Yet I have not heard a word from them about the 15,000 enlisted soldiers we’re missing right now from last year’s recruiting class. That’s an entire division,” he continued. “There’s another 8,600 who were discharged over the President’s vaccine mandate. Kicked out. I don’t hear a word about them from the Democrats. So, the military is down 23,000 enlisted soldiers due to the actions of the Biden administration and his secretary of defense just this past year. Yet Democrats are worried about 184 generals getting their promotions? Only one of those things threatens our security. It is not the officer promotions.”

Recently, U.S. House Republicans introduced legislation to reverse the order and strengthen the law that bans taxpayer funding for abortions in the military.

Polls consistently show strong public opposition to taxpayer-funded abortionsA new Marist poll found 60 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S. Additionally, 78 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in other countries.

In February, LifeNews published a list of 25 recent polls that show Americans support legal protections for unborn babies.