As previously reported by American ProLifer, the Biden administration issued an administrative order late last year announcing that it would begin committing abortion at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in states that have passed laws to protect children in the womb.
Shortly thereafter, a nurse named Stephanie Carter, who is a 23 year VA-employee and Army veteran filed a case against the VA to stop the abortion mandate as a violation of her religious liberty. In her complaint Ms. Carter stated that she cannot “work in a facility that performs abortion services for reasons other than to save the life of the mother because … unborn babies are created in the image of God and should be protected.” The case is being argued on Ms. Carter’s behalf by First Liberty Institute, a Christian legal law firm based in Texas.
The military has set up a process to provide religious accommodation for conscientious objectors to abortion, but in the case of Ms. Carter, her request was rejected.
On January 17, a group of 18 Attorneys General filed an amicus curiae, friend of the court brief, supporting Ms. Carter’s case calling the actions by the Biden Administration unlawful.
The rule here is unlawful. The VA lacks statutory authority to permit VA provided abortions for veterans. The central law here is the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992. That law seeks to (among other things) “improve health care services for women veterans,” “improve preventive health services for veterans,” and “make other improvements in the delivery and administration of health care by the [VA].” Pub. L. No. 102-585, 106 Stat. 4943. But, consistent with other longstanding federal laws, that Act does not authorize abortions.Brief of 18 State Attorney Generals in Carter v. McDonough
The 18 states are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
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