Senate Democrats voted down a bill sponsored by a pro-life Republican that would stop illegal taxpayer funding of abortion via the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Senate voted 51-48 against a resolution introduced by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., which would block the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for abortions for retired service members. All Democrats except Joe Manchin voted against the pro-life measure while all Republicans voted for it except Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.
Since 1992, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been statutorily prohibited from using taxpayer dollars for abortion. In September, the Biden administration ignored this longstanding prohibition and issued a new rule that funds abortion for undefined and presumably broad “health” reasons.
“Using our VA medical facilities to provide taxpayer-funded abortions is illegal and wrong,” Tuberville said. “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.”
Tuberville introduced the resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the authority to review major rules issued by federal agencies. He said in a separated news conference prior to voting that the VA’s new rule is an abuse of the law that forces taxpayers to fund abortions. . . . (read more on Life News)