Employees of the Department of Veterans will not be penalized by the states, after requesting an abortion

VA employees will be able to access abortion without being penalized.

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The Department of Justice confirmed that the states cannot penalize employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or physicians or providers, for facilitating abortions permitted by federal law, after providing medical services to women who need to perform them, whether for the protection of their lives, incest or rape.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that it will offer access to abortion to former soldiers in cases of rape, incest and risk to the life of the woman, even in states where the procedure is illegal and this has been restricted or annulled. law.

Through a statement from the Department of Justice, he supported a rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs to favor its employees with the decision about their pregnancies.

“The rule issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Reproductive Health Services is a legal exercise of VA authority”, the Department of Justice wrote in the document.

And he also added:States may not impose criminal or civil liability on VA employees, including doctors, nurses, and administrative staffwho provide or facilitate abortion or related services in a manner authorized by federal law, including VA rule.”

Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina are some of the states that have banned or restricted abortion, where the Department of Veterans Affairs has about 24 medical centers. According to statistics presented, there are approximately 2.1 million women who are former members of the Armed Forces.

The Department of Justice relied in its statement on the supremacy clause of the US Constitution, which gives priority to federal laws over state laws, sufficient reason to restrict states that have prohibited medical service, suppress the “federal functions” of the VA.

They cannot sanction VA employees, through criminal proceedings, license revocation proceedings or civil litigation,” specified DOJ.

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonoughconfirmed to the senators that during this week that an abortion had been performed, as reported by NBC News.

“This is a decision focused on the health of the patient. Pregnant veterans and VA recipients deserve access to reproductive health care world-class when they need it most,” Secretary McDonough said last week.

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