DOJ Says States Can’t Punish VA Doctors Offering Abortions; Republicans Disagree

By Jessica Karins / September 23, 2022 at 2:49 PM
The Department of Justice says states with laws banning abortion can’t punish Veterans Administration doctors and nurses who provide VA employees with abortions or abortion counseling allowed by federal law, coming as House Veterans Committee Republicans allege VA’s new abortion policy is illegal. No federal law authorizes states to restrict the activities of VA or its employees, DOJ says in a policy statement issued this week. The VA confirmed Thursday (Sept. 23) that it performed its first abortion, just weeks...

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