St. Louis, Mo., Sep 2, 2022 / 12:50 pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that it would begin providing abortions in the case of threats to the life and health of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest.
The agency, which has never offered abortions before, said it plans to do so nationwide "regardless of state restrictions."
“Specifically, VA will be able to provide access to abortions when the life or health of the pregnant Veteran would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest,” the VA website reads. The VA will also offer counseling “about pregnancy options, including abortion.”
As the VA is a federal entity, the new guidance will apply even in states that have passed restrictions on abortion. More than a dozen states have banned abortion — with limited exceptions — since the June 24 overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.