Some veterans will soon be able to access abortions, regardless of their status.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said in a news release Friday that it filed Thursday evening with the Federal Register an interim rule that would place pregnant veterans on federal property if their lives were in danger, such as rape or incest. . Offer abortion services even in countries that ban the procedure.
“This is a decision about patient safety,” Virginia Secretary Dennis MacDonald said in a statement. “Pregnant veterans and VA recipients deserve world-class reproductive health care when they need it most. This is what our country owes them, and this is what we will deliver to VA.
The decision comes two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
According to the department, they will determine the need for an abortion on a case-by-case basis based on “careful consultation between Virginia health care providers and the veterans they serve.”
The agency added that in cases of rape or incest, the Department of Veterans Affairs will use the veteran’s or beneficiary’s self-declaration.
The department also said it would also offer abortion counseling services.