VA will offer abortion services in special cases, even in places where it’s illegal

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, progressives have remained hell-bent on finding workarounds to state sovereignty and the 10th Amendment right of self-governance for all matters not federally governed as laid out by the Constitution.

On Friday, the “openly evil” agenda, as described by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, took another step toward the erosion of the American republic through the bureaucratic overreach of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

As set forth by Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, the VA introduced an interim final rule to the Federal Register amending “its medical regulations to remove the exclusion on abortion counseling and establish exceptions to the exclusion on abortions in the medical benefits package for veterans who receive care,” and further removed “the exclusion on abortion counseling and [expanded] the exceptions to the exclusion on abortions…”

“This is a patient safety decision,” McDonough said in his statement. “Pregnant Veterans and VA beneficiaries deserve to have access to world-class reproductive care when they need it most. That’s what our nation owes them, and that’s what we at VA will deliver.”

The secretary further stated, “We came to this decision after listening to VA health care providers and Veterans across the country, who made clear that abortion restrictions are creating a medical emergency for the Vets we serve.”

Just one of several moves taken by President Joe Biden’s administration since the ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization returned the right to legislate on abortion to the individual states, Carlson spoke with Rebeccah Heinrichs, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, on the apparent public-private partnership with the federal government and major corporations that undermine the authority of conservative states for whom the majority of abortion laws still permit exceptions as part of their bans.

(Video: Fox News)

When asked by the host why a big company would want their employees to have abortions, Heinrichs replied, “It’s better for the business.”

“Not only did companies like Disney, Amazon, Kroger come out and say that they’re going to now offer abortion coverage in the healthcare that they offer,” she went on, “they’re also going to pay for travel for employees who want abortions who are in red states who have more restrictive, aka more humane, abortion regimes post-Roe–they’re going to now pay for their travel to leave that state to access an abortion.”

“So they can find all of this money in the couch cushions post-Roe, but they can’t seem to find enough money to make sure that they have flexible care, more maternity–paid maternity–for new mothers who are having new babies or are thinking about having babies,” Heinrichs continued, “or more time at home with their new children who they have now through adoption.”

The Hudson Institute senior fellow’s analysis could just as easily be applied to the VA which had to be forced through legislation to address the injuries incurred by service members exposed to burn pits via the PACT Act and yet somehow was able to allocate the resources to provide abortion services to Veterans and beneficiaries.

“So again, it’s good for their bottom line for people to have abortions, but also…they think there’s this demand signal from political leaders and from the culture that they’re willing to go to the press and advertise that they’re now offering…abortion services,” Heinrichs asserted.

Carlson’s opinion was far more blunt as he stated, “It’s just so openly evil because what they’re saying to their employees is, we don’t care about you at all. We don’t want you to have a personal life or something that might enrich you, much less children to take care of you in old age. We only care about your labor and so whatever we can do to keep you atomized and alone we will pay for.”

“Obviously it’s inhumane,” Heinrichs replied, “it’s barbaric and I often think I study geopolitics and not just how the United States can continue to compete with authoritarian countries, but also what makes the United States great and worth defending. I mean, what is the American dream? Is the American dream taking a woman, six to eight weeks postpartum, putting her in an ugly cubicle so that she can make more money for the CEOs while their child, their nursing child, is in the care of somebody else?”

“That is not the American dream. That is a soviet national aim. It’s an American nightmare, Tucker,” she concluded.


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