The nation's largest abortion business is applauding the vote last week in a Senate committee to turn U.S. military base hospitals into abortion centers. The amendment, sponsored by pro-abortion Sen. [Roland] Burris of Illinois, would have the military break with current longstanding policy.
In the Senate Armed Services Committee, Burris won approval to attach an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to allow abortions on both domestic and overseas military bases.
Current law prohibits the performance of abortion by Department of Defense medical personnel or in Department of Defense medical facilities except when the life of the mother is at risk or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. There is no distinction in this policy between military facilities within the United States and those overseas.
A separate provision prohibits the use of Department of Defense taxpayer funds for abortion except to save the life of the mother.
The issue of abortions done at military base medical centers has been around for two decades.
When ex-President Clinton allowed abortions in military facilities from 1993 to 1996, all military physicians (as well as many nurses and supporting personnel) refused to perform or assist in elective abortions. In response, the Clinton administration attempted to hire civilians to do abortions.