House Passes Massive Defense Bill With Provision Blocking Pentagon From Funding Abortions

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The House of Representatives on Friday approved a massive National Defense Authorization Act, complete with an amendment blocking the Pentagon from funding abortions with taxpayer dollars.

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas, had introduced an amendment to the $883.7 billion act blocking President Joe Biden’s administration from using taxpayer funds to reimburse abortion-related expenses.

Van Duyne emphasized on Friday her efforts to “support women throughout their pregnancies and after, instead of incentivizing abortion on demand.”

Her amendment was approved by the House in a 214-to-207 vote. Two Republicans voted against the pro-life amendment (Reps. John Duarte of California and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania) and one Democrat voted in favor of it (Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas).

Duarte, Fitzpatrick, and Cuellar did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., blocked hundreds of military promotions for more than 10 months as pushback to the Pentagon policy promoting abortion, saying that until the policy was changed, he would not approve any military promotions, arguing that the policy is illegal and violates the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a measure dating back to the 1970s that prohibits federal taxpayer funding of most abortions.

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