The conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America recently backed U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) in calling for the upcoming national defense budget to remove the DOD's policy funding of abortion-related expenses for servicemembers who live in states with restrictive laws.
Tuberville has repeatedly blocked hundreds of military nominees from being confirmed to their positions for months over the Department of Defense's policy of funding travel expenses and time off for service members seeking an abortion.
Pushed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate rules committee passed a resolution last month to bypass Tuberville's holds, which he said he intends to bring to a floor vote in the coming weeks.
To reach a resolution before the rule change comes to a vote, Tuberville said he is pushing to remove the DOD abortion funding in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House version of the NDAA does remove the DOD policy, but Tuberville says Schumer refuses to adopt that portion in the Senate version.
The Conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America recently announced it would be backing removing DOD abortion policies from the NDAA and would oppose any national defense budget that included it.
In a Monday statement, Heritage Action executive vice president Ryan Walker claimed that the Biden administration's policy has turned the Pentagon into "an abortion travel agency," adding that "conservatives cannot vote for legislation that lets him off the hook."
"[W]e cannot defeat our enemies abroad as long as the military is used to fight Biden's political battles at home," Walker said. "For the first time in nearly a decade, Heritage Action will oppose final passage of the NDAA if lawmakers fail to include language to repeal the Pentagon's illegal and immoral abortion policy."
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