New Rule Will Allow VA to Provide Abortions to Eligible Veterans & Their Beneficiaries

Soon pregnant veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries may be able to obtain an abortion at VA facilities and have them paid for as part of their medical benefits package.

According the the VA, it is acting to help to ensure that, irrespective of what laws or policies states may impose, veterans who receive the care set forth in their medical benefits package will be able to obtain abortions, if determined needed by a health care professional, when the life or the health of the pregnant veteran would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term or the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

The VA’s legal rationale seems to be centered around what care is “needed” and their authority to provide it. The language in the IFR supporting the decision includes quite a bit of reasoning, from their perspective, as to why abortions qualify as needed care and the legal basis for it. As was often the case throughout the country due to the Roe and Casey precedent, what constitutes “the health of the pregnant veteran would be endangered” is left deliberately vague and subjectively determined, leaving the door open for almost limitless abortions.

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