Under legislation proposed by U.S. Reps. Ronny Jackson and Chip Roy, the Department of Defense would be banned from funding abortion services – including travel expenses to obtain an abortion.
This follows an announcement last month from the DoD that it plans to provide financial aid for military personnel seeking abortions. Jackson, a Republicans from West Texas, said his legislation would “prohibit any tax dollars from being used to carry out such a policy.”
“As a staunch defender of life, I am disappointed in the Biden Administration’s continuous attempts to circumvent pro-life legislation like the Hyde Amendment. For over 45 years, Hyde has protected millions of unborn children by prohibiting American tax dollars from funding the brutal act of abortion,” said Jackson, a doctor and retired Navy admiral.
Central Texas’ Roy explained the Biden administration is creating “an abortion travel slush fund” that undermines “nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus to protect Americans’ conscience rights by preventing taxpayer dollars from funding most abortions.”
Their legislation is supported by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, and Family Research Council.
Original cosponsors of the legislation include Texans Pat Fallon (TX-04), Randy Weber (TX-14), Pete Sessions (TX-17), Jake Ellzey (TX-06), August Pfluger (TX-11), Brian Babin (TX-36), Lance Gooden (TX-05), and Beth Van Duyne (TX-24). Others include: Rob Wittman (VA-01), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Jim Banks (IN-03), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Mike Waltz (FL-06), Mark Alford (MO-04), Rich McCormick (GA-06), Brad Finstad (MN-01), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Tracey Mann (KS-01), Lauren Boebert (CO-03), John Moolenaar (MI-02), Mary Miller (IL-15), Dan Bishop (NC-08), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Andy Ogles (TN-05), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Paul Gosar (AZ-09), Brian Mast (FL-21), Greg Steube (FL-17), Andrew Clyde (GA-09), Ron Estes (KS-04), Chris Smith (NJ-04), Bill Posey (FL-08), John Rutherford (FL-05), Bob Good (VA-05), Josh Brecheen (OK-02), and Glenn Grothman (WI-06).