Posts Tagged ‘Burris amendment’

A U.S. House bill that could have expanded VA (Veteran’s Administration) involvement in performing, procuring and counseling for abortion was successfully neutered before passage today.  Kansas has VA centers in Topeka, Wichita and Leavenworth.

H.R. 5953 — a Woman Vets ‘Bill of Rights’--requires information about specific services for women and amputees be posted inside VA facilities.  It was hurried to a vote today in the lame duck session by order of the Democratic leadership, and National Right to Life had alerted Congress that abortion-exclusionary language was needed.

The necessary language was added before passage.  If not approved by the Senate in the next few weeks, the bill will die (more…)

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday failed to force abortions to be done at U.S  military hospitals abroad and domestically.  Kansas is home to military hospitals at Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth as well as 3 VA facilities in Topeka, Wichita and Leavenworth.

By successfully defeating opposition to a filibuster, conservatives delayed consideration –until after the election –of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the Burris Amendment permitting elective abortions at military base hospitals.  You can thank our U.S. senators, Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, for voting pro-life on this issue.

Current law in effect since 1996 prohibits the performance of abortion by Department of Defense medical personnel or at DOD medical facilities. A separate provision prohibits the use of DOD funds for abortion except to save the life of the mother.

An amendment similar to the Burris amendment, but not applying to state DOD facilities, was rejected by the House in 2006.

In a recent column and follow-up, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Denise Burke, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. military and attorney for Americans United for Life, explains the two-point strategy of abortion advocates (more…)

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