A handful of Florida Republicans are among 41 House members urging the Pentagon to ditch its plan for taxpayer-funded abortions.
In an email Sunday to his constituents, Rep. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, highlighted the group’s opposition to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s proposal to pay for troops to travel to abortion-friendly states to have the procedure done. Austin floated the idea shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had set abortion policy.
“This week, I joined my colleagues in demanding that Biden’s Pentagon rescind their plans to use your taxpayer dollars for abortion travel,” Steube said in the email.
“This move represents unprecedented politicization of our nation’s military in another partisan ploy from the Biden Administration to appease their base. However, I will always defend Life and protect your taxpayer dollars.”
Texas Rep. Chip Roy led the effort to block Austin’s plan, according to the Washington Examiner.
In the letter, the GOP lawmakers condemned the proposal as “an unprecedented politicization of our Armed Forces,” which has been “a hallmark of the Biden administration from the start.”
The lawmakers, according to the Examiner, added that this represented “the unprecedented use of American taxpayer dollars to facilitate abortions for service members and their families, against the wishes of the American people from all walks of life.”
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The Examiner cited a RAND Corp. study that declared perhaps 40 percent of female troops now serve in states that have little or no access to abortion services.
In addition to Steube, the Florida lawmakers who signed the letter included Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Michael Waltz, Bill Posey, Brian Mast, and Scott Franklin.
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