Abortions in Overseas U.S. Military Facilities

On June 15, 1995 the full U.S. House of Representatives, in a bipartisan effort, voted to preserve language that I had inserted in the FY 1996 Defense Department Authorization bill to restore a Reagan-Bush era policy prohibiting the use of overseas U.S. military medical facilities (taxpayer-funded facilities) to perform abortions (except to save the life of the mother). This Reagan/Bush policy had been overturned by Bill Clinton as one of his first official acts as president.

The ban on military abortions was signed into law by President Clinton on February 10, 1996. Despite efforts by anti-life members in the U.S. Senate to repeal the ban on overseas abortions in this year's defense authorization bill, the law remains intact.

The United States has the very best military in the world, made up of men and women who proudly serve to protect and defend lives, not to aid in the destruction of innocent, preborn lives. These men and women, and our nation's taxpayer-funded military facilities, should not be used by Bill Clinton to implement his worldwide abortion-on-demand agenda.

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