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Sen. Joni Ernst introduces legislation to bar DOD from paying abortion travel costs

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), leads the effort on legislation aimed to amend the Department of Defense To prevent funding being used for travel, the travel statute was created. Abortion.

The legislation, which was introduced Wednesday, follows President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order last January allowing the Pentagon to reimburse military personnel and their dependents who travel for the procedure. Supreme CourtThe decision of the court to reverse Roe v. Wade.


The legislation’s supporters argue that taxpayer money should not be used for abortions.

Sen. Joni E. Ernst (Republican of Iowa) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing about Judge Justin Walker’s nomination to the U.S. Senate. Circuit Court judge for District of Columbia Circuit, Capitol Hill, Washington, Wednesday May 6, 2020

“The Pentagon should not be mobilized against the unborn. The Department of Defense exists to defend life, not destroy it,” Ernst, a combat veteran, made the statement in a statement. “Biden DoD’s policy is not just unlawful, it’s immoral. Congress has been clear: the Hyde Amendment protects taxpayers from being forced to fund abortions. I will continue to ensure the unborn and your tax dollars are protected.”


Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-SK), Mike Braun (R-IN), Katie Britt (R-AL), Ted Budd (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and J.D. Vance (R-OH), also signed the legislation.

The measure faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber.

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