VA Abortions Won't Hold Up to Scrutiny | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Jeff Charles during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about reproductive rights for women serving in the military. You can listen to the podcast here:

I think a lot of this is going to hinge on whether it is allowed by Congress. A lot of people are citing the Veterans' Health Care Act, Section 106, which essentially prohibits the department from funding or carrying out abortion procedures. I'm not sure how hot-button an issue this is going to be, because they are doing it in cases of rape and incest or the life of the mother — a lot of people on the pro-life side are willing to make those exceptions, some are not. But I think it's really going to hinge on that.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: House Democrats participate in a sit in with the Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPDA) in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on July 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. The CPDA held the demonstration with the lawmakers to protest the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

I mean, Republicans already said they're going to challenge it. So it will be challenged. I'm not sure if this is going to hold up. And I think when it comes to people in the pro-life movement, they want more of a [states' rights] approach to it. Now, I know there are some on the right who want a federal law basically banning abortions, but I think most on the Republican side want the states to decide.

They want the states to decide. And so they would see the the VA as a federal way to subvert that. This is an act of the federal government getting more involved; which, I mean, we expected with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. But I do think that this is going to be challenged. I'm not sure how long it's going to take, but I don't see this one standing up.

Jeff Charles is the host of "A Fresh Perspective" podcast and a contributor for RedState and Liberty Nation.

The views in this article are the writer's own.