On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) introduced the VA Abortion Transparency Act, which would impose new abortion reporting requirements on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tuberville, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced the measure to increase taxpayer transparency regarding abortions taking place in the VA.

In 2022, the Biden administration announced it would begin providing abortion services for veterans and their dependents through the taxpayer-funded VA health care system, a move Tuberville fought by holding up military promotions in large blocks. After a months-long hold, Tuberville eventually put an end to his protest.

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Alabama's senior U.S. Senator believes taxpayers deserve to know how the VA is using its resources, and this legislation "would mandate quarterly reports on the total number of abortions facilitated through the VA, the method through which the abortions are being conducted, and the number of gestational weeks at which point the abortions are occurring," according to a press release.

“Congress has spoken. The Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 clearly prohibits the VA from providing abortion services of any kind,” Tuberville outlined.

“For the Biden administration to twist the law into something other than what Congress intended and force the cost on the taxpayer is a disgrace," he continued. "Our veterans deserve a VA that is 100% focused on ensuring they receive timely and quality care, not on implementing Joe Biden’s abortion-on-demand agenda. I am proud to introduce this bill that provides much needed transparency for taxpayers and holds the VA accountable.”

The legislation is supported by prominent organizations such as Heritage Action, CatholicVote, National Right to Life, March for Life Action, Concerned Women for America and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Roger Marshall (R-Kans) and John Thune (R-S.D.) are co-sponsoring the legislation, while US. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. 

Read the legislation here.

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