Sen. Tuberville, Military Leaders Spar Over Pentagon Abortion Policy
Summary from AllSides News Team
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and military leadership continue to spar over Tuberville’s seven-month blockade of military promotions over his objections to the Pentagon’s abortion policies.
Tuberville: Tuberville is blocking unanimous consent votes in the Senate to confirm, in his own words published in the Washington Post (Lean Left bias), “only those at the very top — generals and flag officers. The people who actually fight are not affected at all,” in protest of a Department of Defense policy offering paid leave and reimbursement to service members traveling across state lines for abortions. Tuberville is pushing for the policy to either be removed or enshrined in law, stating, “If Democrats can’t pass legislation to authorize the abortion policy, then it shouldn’t be the policy.”
Military Leaders: The secretaries of the Navy, Air Force, and Army wrote an op-ed published in the Washington Post where they argued America's military advantage was being “actively eroded” by Tuberville’s actions. The abortion policy, according to the secretaries, is “critical and necessary to meet our obligations to the force. It is also fully within the law, as confirmed by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.” Additionally, the secretaries argue the block will have a long term impact on the military as potential future leaders are “watching this spectacle and might conclude that their service at the highest ranks of our military is no longer valued by members of Congress or, by extension, the American public.”
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