Several pro-life advocacy groups have publicly sided with U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) in his months-long battle against a Department of Defense (DOD) abortion policy.
The policy aids female soldiers in obtaining abortions by offering them up to three weeks of leave and transportation allowances to travel to states where abortion is legal.
Tuberville, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, threatened to impede President Joe Biden's DOD nominations if the policy were implemented without congressional approval. His decision slows Biden's efforts to fill DOD positions without a formal Senate vote.
Tuberville clarified earlier this year that his hold did not stop all nominees from being confirmed but prevented the Senate from confirming them in large swaths instead of individually.
Nevertheless, the move has earned Tuberville considerable backlash from Democrats and neoconservatives. Last week, five Senators chose to side with Democrats to try and break the promotion hold.
According to The Washington Times, pro-life organizations, such as the Family Research Council (FRC) and Students for Life America (SLA), have promised to label Republicans who vote to bypass Tuberville's hold as supporters of taxpayer-funded abortion.
FRC President Tony Perkins likened the lack of support for Tuberville's hold to aligning with the Biden administration's promotion of abortion access using government funds.
SLA President Kristan Hawkins warned that voters are watching to see how Senate Republicans work together while Democrats hold the majority. She insisted Republicans should be "standing together and standing strong."
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