U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan was among 27 GOP senators who signed a letter demanding that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin cease the practice of paying for military members to travel to pro-abortion states to kill their unborn babies.
The Nov. 13 letter was sent the same day pro-lifers protested outside Sullivan’s Fairbanks and Anchorage offices due to the senator’s opposition to the efforts of Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, who has been attempting to end military abortion travel funds. Tuberville’s strategy has included blocking unanimous voice votes on military promotions until the military discontinues its abortion funding policy.
Typically, the Senate approves military promotions en masse, but Tuberville has forced the Senate to vote on each nominee, which includes hundreds of officers.
Sullivan was one among several GOP Senators, including Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham, who have opposed Tuberville’s strategy, claiming it puts the military’s readiness in jeopardy.
In the letter sent to the Secretary of Defense, however, these senators signaled that, while they oppose Tuberville’s approach, they do support the end of military-funded abortions.
The letter blasted Austin for politicizing the military and causing the Tuberville showdown in the first place.
The letter noted that four days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Austin released a memo stating that the DOD was authorized to pay for government funded travel for soldiers who want to travel to pro-abortion states to kill their pre-born babies.
The DOD memo was issued despite the fact that federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer funded abortions for military members.
“All legislative power is vested in Congress, and the Executive branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the law,” the senators reminded Austin. “While the Department may issue regulations, it can only do so under the laws authorized and enacted by Congress. But, Congress never authorized the Department to expend funds to facilitate abortions and, until the Policy was issued, the military never facilitated abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother would be endangered if the unborn child were carried to term.”
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“Now taxpayers – many of whom have deeply-held religious and moral objections to abortions – are on the hook to facilitate the very abortions they fundamentally oppose,” the letter added.
The senators blamed the abortion policy for the controversy surrounding Tuberville’s strategy of blocking military nominations.
“Your decision to issue the Policy politicized the military and placed the wants of a few over the needs of the entire nation,” the senators stated. “Do the right thing. Rescind the Policy now.”
Sullivan, who has received harsh criticism for opposing Tuberville’s attempt to force the DOD to resist the abortion policy, has said he opposes abortion funding, and believes it is illegal.