Staying true to their form, Democrats continue to slip amendments into legislation every chance they can as a means of advancing their liberal ideology. The funding of our military should not be used as a ploy to back door laws promoting their extreme political beliefs.
Is there anything in America today that’s sacred to politicians?
Military Funding Bill Would OK Abortion at Military Hospitals
A provision in the proposed 2011 Defense Authorization bill would allow abortions for military women and spouses at Defense Department medical facilities.
The provision, included in the bill as an amendment by Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., would apply to DoD medical facilities in the U.S. and abroad, but appears to be primarily aimed at making abortions available to deployed servicewomen.
According to Burris, more than 100,000 servicewomen are deployed, many without access to civilian hospitals that perform abortions.
“This [current] ban prevents women from exercising their legally-protected right to choose simply because they are stationed overseas,” Burris said in a copy of the amendment posted on his Senate web page.
Under the terms of the amendment, the women would have to pay for abortions, and military doctors and nurses would be able to refuse to take part in the procedures.
The Burris amendment was passed by a 15-12 vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee in a mostly party-line vote. Joe Lieberman, Democrat-turned-Independent from Connecticut, voted with the Democrats while Ben Nelson, D-Neb., crossed over to vote with the Republicans. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, did not vote.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., warned the committee that the amendment would turn DoD medical facilities into abortion clinics if it passes into law.
“Our military installations … will be able to be used for abortions, performed late term, abortions performed for purposes of sex selection, abortions performed for any reason,” he was quoted by several media outlets as saying. “Abortion-at-will will be the requirement for our military installations and the medical facilities on those installations.”
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