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House moves to cease military funding for abortion travel and transgender surgeries

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that require the military to discontinue its funding of abortion travel as well as transgender surgeries for service members. Previously, the military had implemented policies, under the direction of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, that provided paid leave and financial support for service members seeking abortions. Additionally, the military had been subsidizing treatments and surgeries related to transgender and gender-identity issues during the Biden administration. The passage of the two amendments in the House aims to reverse these military policies and cease the funding for such procedures. The amendment introduced by Republican Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas, was approved in a vote of 221-213 which indicates that a majority of 221 representatives voted in favor of the amendment, while 213 representatives voted against it.

Catholic News Agency reports:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Thursday evening mandating the military stop its programs paying for abortion travel and transgender surgeries for service members.

Under a policy laid out by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the military has been granting paid leave and subsidizing service members’ travel to obtain abortions. Transgender and gender-identity treatments and surgeries also have been subsidized by the military under the Biden administration.

Two amendments passed by the House Thursday evening would undo those military policies.

The amendment overturning the military’s abortion program, filed by Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, passed in a 221-213 vote. The amendment passed in an almost party-line vote, with two Republicans voting against it and one Democrat voting in favor.

The amendment ending the military’s transgender surgeries program was filed by Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana and passed in a 221-211 vote. One Republican voted against this amendment and one Democrat voted in favor.

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