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The abortion issue is far from over, as the Biden administration ramps up efforts to restore federally funded abortions. The most recent is within the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Last week, the VA announced it would offer abortions and abortion counseling "under certain circumstances." This 'service' would be available even in states where abortions are outlawed. What may surprise you is that prior to this, the VA healthcare system wasn't even able to provide birth control for veterans—but now they want to provide abortions.
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), the ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, slammed the Biden Administration after Secretary Denis McDonough made the announcement.
According to McDonough, abortions would be made available "when the pregnant veteran's life is at risk or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest."
According to a report by A Safe World for Women.org, "Military sexual trauma encompasses everything from sexual harassment to rape, and is now the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder among female service members.
"The U.S. Department of Defense categorizes military sexual trauma in five categories of sex crimes: 'forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact,' and "abusive sexual contact.'''
In his statement, Secretary McDonough said, "This is a patient safety decision. 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."
However, the film "The Invisible War," revealed the true issue. According to the Oscar-nominated documentary on sexual assault in the military, a female soldier today is 180 times more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed by an enemy. It is estimated that at least 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. military since being allowed to enter the armed forces in the 1940s.
It's only getting worse as it rose by 13% in the last year, according to a just-released annual report from the Pentagon with less than a quarter of suspected incidents being reported according to the Department of Defense.
So rather than provide "patient safety," which McDonough claims is the basis for this decision, he and the Biden Administration have chosen to ignore the high percentage of rapes in the military as they use the resulting pregnancies as a loophole to restore federally funded abortions.
Perhaps the issue the VA should be addressing is the assault against females in the military, rather than funding the killing of babies which occur as a result. What female veterans "deserve" is to be able to fulfill their term of service in a safe environment from rape by fellow soldiers or higher-ranking military officials.
The battle within the Veteran's Department continues as Bost works to oppose the Secretary's plan.
"Abortion is wrong, and Congress prohibited the VA from providing it decades ago," Bost says. "This proposal is contrary to longstanding, settled law and a complete administrative overreach. I oppose it and am already working to put a stop to it."
It's time intercessors pick this issue back up to stop federally funded abortions and pray for protection and correction within our military that rather than protecting abortion they choose to protect our female soldiers.
(Reprinted with permission from Intercessors for America)
Karen Hardin is a literary agent and writer. She is the author of Infected: How to Stop the Global Spread of Rage, Deception and Insanity and God's Justice after Injustice. Her work has been published in USA Today, Western Journal, World Net Daily, Intercessors for America, Charisma, CBN.com and more. She is also the co-founder of the city-by-city.org prayer movement and founder of AwakeOklahoma.com.
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