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Pentagon ‘Evaluating’ Abortion Policies after Supreme Court Decision

Pentagon ‘Evaluating’ Abortion Policies after Supreme Court Decision

Not enjoying the same level of “bodily autonomy,” 40,000 National Guard troops are about to miss the vaccine mandate deadline and could be booted out of the service.

The end of Roe v. Wade last week has officials in the Biden administration ramping up the hysteria.

At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the US military is evaluating its policies following the landmark Supreme Court’s ruling.

Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce and DOD families. I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force. The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law.

As of yet, however, there are no plans to address the issue of abortion among US service personnel.

…[T]he Pentagon does not have any policy to announce for accommodating female service members stationed in states that have outlawed abortion, officials tell NatSec Daily.

Female troops seeking the procedure already face steep hurdles to getting the care they need: They cannot get abortions at military medical facilities, and federal law also prevents troops from using their Tricare health insurance to cover the cost of the procedures at private facilities, unless the life of the mother is at risk due to the Hyde Amendment.

Another challenge is that women in the military can’t easily — or discreetly — leave their stations to travel to a different state to obtain the procedure.

This development puts a damper on the Gay Pride celebration that the Pentagon has been indulging in the entire month of June.

Transgender visibility in the U.S. military was on full display on Tuesday during the Pentagon’s annual event recognizing Pride month, which this year featured two transgender speakers in prominent positions in the aftermath of the Biden administration lifting the transgender military ban.

The event — hosted in coordination with DOD Pride, the affinity group for LGBTQ employees and service members within the Defense Department — took place in the Pentagon auditorium under the theme of “All Together” and highlighted progress in stripping away barriers previously preventing LGBTQ people from serving in their roles, such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the transgender military ban.

And while women may enjoy “bodily autonomy,” about 40,000 American Army National Guard troops don’t and are about to be booted out of the service unless they get a vaccine that is essentially ineffective and for a disease that only rarely severely impacts young and fit adults.

Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country – or about 13 percent of the force – have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine and could lose their jobs as Thursday’s deadline approaches.

At least 14,000 of the soldiers who have not had the inoculations have flatly refused to get them. According to data obtained by The Associated Press, between 20 percent to 30 percent of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10 percent in 43 other states still need shots.

National Guard officials say states are doing all they can to encourage soldiers to get vaccinated by the time limit. And they said they will work with the roughly 7,000 who have sought exemptions, which are almost all for religious reasons.

‘We´re going to give every soldier every opportunity to get vaccinated and continue their military career. Every soldier that is pending an exemption, we will continue to support them through their process,’ said Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard.

‘We´re not giving up on anybody until the separation paperwork is signed and completed. There´s still time.’

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chrisboltssr | June 27, 2022 at 11:03 am

Leftists destroy everything they touch. There are no exceptions.

2smartforlibs | June 27, 2022 at 11:04 am

Yet somehow can’t defend our southern border.

The AA* Austin now proves that he’s also incapable of reading. The Dobbs ruling held that fedgov has no say in abortion matters. Period.

*He’s the Sec of Defense only because of AA, not competence. AA got him into West Point and his four stars as a general.

Soldiers earn 30 days of leave every year. A three or four day pass isn’t that difficult to get though some Division level policies on mileage restrictions exist, usually 250 miles, but that is only for a pass not leave and exceptions are made routinely without much if any question.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to CommoChief. | June 27, 2022 at 11:57 am

    You obviously haven’t tried to take leave when your chain of command doesn’t want you to go – reasons vary from “we have an op” to “you are on the poop list, we aren’t approving anything” to “Covid restrictions” to “we just don’t want you to travel right now.”

      CommoChief in reply to Antifundamentalist. | June 27, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      Wrong as rain my friend I have most definitely been in some very oppressive commands. The thing about leave is that the CO and BN must have a leave plan and leave policy posted and adhered to. Normally they have a block leave period usually twice. The first runs from maybe 18 Dec to 5 January the next is usually in the Summer and also about 3 weeks in duration.

      Commanders are evaluated on not screwing up leave so that Soldiers enter a use or lose period. This gets briefed weekly all the way to Corps HQ. Then the crap runs downhill. The Div CDR chews the BDE CDR who Chews the BN CDR who chews the CO CDR. Same with the NCOs. Corps CSM down to team leader.

      Those two scheduled and announced block leave periods are done to avoid the situation of a Soldier unable to take leave due to an exercise or training event. If the Soldier chooses not to go on leave during those periods and will accrue use or lose; 60 + days at end of September they have to be identified and counseled of that fact. ‘Hey Joe you will not get another opportunity to take leave after July so take it now or don’t complain’.

      I have been there as an EM, JR NCO, SR NCO and as an Officer. Believe me no leader wants to deal with the repercussions of a Soldier losing leave because no one was paying attention. I have witnessed BDE CDR and BDE CSM getting reamed in public over this by DIV much less some CO CDR or 1SG. All those meetings your leadership attends two and three times week this is the admin deal they deal with for every damn Soldier. From leave to dental exams.

      Passes are a separate issue. Also requires a posted policy that must be adhered to but there’s no right to be granted a pass. As long as your CDR won’t approve anyone’s pass he can deny yours. He can make it conditional; no up to date dental exam? Then no pass. Fail the PT test or a ruck march? Tough cookies, you should be doing extra training every weekend to meet the standard not worrying about a pass.

      taurus the judge in reply to Antifundamentalist. | June 27, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Agree 100% with the chief and will add also..

      For something medical ( specifically this) there is the Chaplains corps too ( serious horsepower)

      Taking “leave” is one thing- having a medical leave is another.

ESG in its full glory.

“Having lost sight of their objectives, they redouble their efforts.”

What’s the point of having a military again? I forget.

After they invested all that money in pregnancy flight suits with cod pieces?

taurus the judge | June 27, 2022 at 11:52 am

This is a big fat nothing in search of a “something”.

Lets assume this happens and soldier Mary is stationed at Ft. No Abortion State. She needs to get one though.

The Bde. ( probably even lower) can cut her TDY orders or a medical or Emergency leave to get a procedure done.

This has been the way it is for decades and not the first time something like this has been required.

No autonomy for a medicine soldiers don’t actually need that is supposed to treat symptoms of a disease that statistically isn’t a threat to them, but absolute autonomy to kill your child.

This is what using power of the purse looks like when applied to an institution, it starts to change to your tune.

Maybe instead of asking for another ten trillion worth of defense spending per second we could dump horrible and stupid principles and treat military spending like other spending? Get some influence, and probably stop a lot of wasteful spending at the same time.

Right now we have ourselves to blame for this, we can not influence something if our position is “Whatever you do I will increase your budget, promote you, promote your positions and listen to everything you say uncritically”.

We are not at war why are we spending like it is 1944?

“Your body… their choice” So what happens when it’s found that the “vaccines” have reduced the capability of the services? Put the perfumed (literally) princes of the Potemtagon at the point of the spear.

All’s fair in lust, abortion, and war, right?

Why not just mandate birth control? SecDef Austin seems to believe that he can compel forced medication. Just force all female service members to take the pill. Problem solved.

    henrybowman in reply to Guardian79. | June 27, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Ooooooh! I like it!

      CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | June 28, 2022 at 10:26 am

      IMO, just have a one time two year leave of absence available for everyone. If female Service members choose to use that for a pregnancy then fine. Halt their time, pay them a housing allowance or they can keep on base housing during that period but they owe those two years plus an additional year of service after they come back. No duties other than participating in pregnancy PT and recovery PT for 6 months then normal PT till they come back to work. Only duties would be an accountability formation, the PT and their medical appointments.

      That gives the Soldier a way to continue their career while granting units and not Army the ability to work around the manning issues. It’s fair because male Soldiers could use it as well to spend time with their infants or go to College or complete Grad school as could female Soldiers. A list of acceptable reasons and grant it, no discrimination.

Our current military bears no resemblance to the US Army I served in 30 years ago. I was a tanker, and the Abrams is a time and labor intensive vehicle to crew.

We didn’t have time for any unnecessary bullshit, let alone having time to listen to a bunch of SJW leftist propaganda about abortion, cross dressing, and Lgbqt… or whatever they call it today.

Hey Sgt., instead of more time in the gunnery simulator, you and your crew need to go to some social justice struggle session.

What an absolute load of shit. This leftist doctrine does nothing but promote weakness and division, which is probably the preferred end result.

John Sullivan | June 27, 2022 at 4:17 pm

DoD should have no or very little position with regard to the abortion. The military is statutorily prohibited from providing abortion services under the Hyde Amendment. Ridiculous woke proselytizing that does not make the military any stronger or more effective.

“Reproductive health care” is such a hideous misnomer, particularly since over 90% of abortions are purely elective.

It is designed to make the whole infanticide thing more palatable for the non abortion enthusiasts.

Also dropped the high school diploma requirement to join. And because no normal person wants to be in the rainbow military that idiot is looking at allowing illegal aliens to join.
Probably because he’s not sure American soldiers would shoot American’s when they get their revolution started.

healthguyfsu | June 27, 2022 at 10:40 pm

I’m pro vaccine (pro choice on vaccine, not mandate)….

At this point, why should these members be forced to get an outdated vaccine based on an alpha variant that has a different spike protein than the predominant omicron variant??

There’s literally zero point to this now except to maintain a petty power visage.

SecDef’s statement should have said only: “the Department is reviewing the Court’s decision and applicable federal law and will proceed accordingly.”

Am I alone in wondering why they are not “evaluating” why the United States hasn’t won a war/skirmish (even when waged against countries with no standing army) since 1945?

Perhaps they’ll recruit enough ‘social justice warriors with two moms’ to make our military great again, but I wouldn’t count on it.