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Federal Briefs

  Bioethics in Law & Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fall   2023      vol. 6  issue  4

Federal Government activity from August to October 2023 

Ana Brennan, J.D.

Department of Veteran's Affairs:

In August, the Biden Administration instituted pro-abortion policies forcing Americans to fund abortions by covering abortion travel for members of the military and providing taxpayer-funded abortions at VA hospitals for those who have VA benefits and their families.

September 28 - FY2024 Department of State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, H.R. 4665. An amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer-funded abortions passed the House.

As of September, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)  plans to continue a moratorium on military promotions until the Pentagon stops funding abortions.

Health and Human Services:

In September, it was announced that HHS is giving $23 million to various organizations to fight teen pregnancy.  One of the organizations receiving funds is Planned Parenthood.

The Abortion Pill:

In August, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the abortion pill could not be sent through the mail and that regulations should not be relaxed due to the harm posed by the pill to women. On September 11th, the Biden Administration filed an appeal asking the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit's decision.

September 28 - FY2024 Agriculture Appropriations Act, H.R. 4368 contained a pro-life provision, which would have prohibited the mailing of the chemical abortion pill and restore the in-person requirement. H.R. 4368 did not pass.


Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA):

The PWFA is a pro-life bill that was passed in December 2022 with bipartisan support with the purpose of making the workplace more pregnant-woman-friendly. However, in June 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has rule-making authority over this legislation, expanded the definition of  “related medical conditions” to include abortion. 

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