Senate committee passes amendment repealing ban against privately funded abortions on military bases
Yesterday behind closed doors pro-abort US Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL, who took Obama’s place) offered an amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee to strike a 14-yr-old ban against privately funded abortions at both domestic and overseas military facilities.
The ban has been in place since Congress overturned President Clinton’s 1993 authorization in 1996. Public funded abortions at military facilities have been banned since 1979 except in the cases or rape, incest, or when a mother’s life is in danger….
Roland’s amendment passed 15-12. Since the vote was held behind closed doors, the breakdown isn’t known except sources say Ben Nelson was the only Democrat to oppose the amendment. See the committee list here.
A similar amendment to allow abortions in overseas military facilities failed in the House in 2006 by a vote of 191-237.
The Burris amendment is more expansive than the 2006 amendment because it allows abortions on both domestic and overseas military bases. The other side usually offers the rationale for abortions at overseas bases that they’re otherwise hard to find. But this argument doesn’t hold up domestically. Roland’s amendment is definitely an overreach, and it comes at an odd time when the public is majorly pro-life.
The Burris amendment would effectively turn U.S. military medical facilities into abortion clinics and force American taxpayers to underwrite the use of military facilities, the procurement of additional equipment, and the use of needed military personnel to perform abortions.
During the time Clinton authorized privately funded elective abortions, all military physicians as well as many nurses and supporting personnel refused to commit or assist with them so the administration was forced to hire civilians to do the deed.
If the Burris amendment were enacted, not only would taxpayer funded facilities be used to support abortion on demand, but resources would have to likely be used to search for, hire, and transport new personnel simply to commit abortions.
Burris is a lame duck who’s out come November. He was wooed to introduce this amendment by the usual suspects – NARAL, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, National Abortion Federation, Catholics for Choice, etc.
Pro-lifers will try to block this on the Senate and House Floors.
The other side never stops.