Controversy surrounding VA’s decision to allow abortion services at medical centers likely to continue
In a strong rebuke of the recent decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow abortion services at VA medical centers, the Archbishop of Military Services, Timothy P. Broglio, has issued a statement condemning the move.
The decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow abortion services at VA medical centers has sparked a heated debate in the US.
While some see it as a step towards ensuring women’s reproductive rights, others view it as a betrayal of the values held by those who have served in the military.
The archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services is denouncing Democrats' moves to shore up abortion access at Veterans Administration facilities and for active-duty personnel as "unconstitutional overreach." https://t.co/htgTdgukj1
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 2, 2023
The VA recently announced that it will begin providing abortion services at select VA medical centers, reversing a long-standing policy that prohibited the procedure from being performed on VA grounds. The decision was met with criticism from anti-abortion groups and religious leaders, including Archbishop Broglio.
In his statement, Broglio expressed his disappointment and concern over the decision, stating that it is “contrary to the moral law” and goes against the values of those who have served in the military. He went on to say that “abortion is not healthcare, and it should not be promoted or facilitated by the government.”
“The policy and rule, now in effect, are morally repugnant and incongruent with the Gospel, which the faithful are commissioned to share throughout the world (Mt 28:19),” Broglio wrote. “Moreover, the new DOD policy and VA rule fail to incorporate basic conscience protections, thus creating First Amendment pitfalls for military commanders and VA employees.”
The archbishop also noted that the decision could have a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of veterans who may be struggling with the aftermath of war and other traumas. He stressed the need for compassionate and holistic care for veterans, rather than simply providing them with access to abortion services.
Broglio’s statement has received support from various anti-abortion groups and pro-life advocates, who have applauded his strong stance against the VA’s decision.
However, it has also been met with criticism from those who believe that women should have the right to access abortion services if they choose to do so.
The controversy surrounding the VA’s decision to allow abortion services at its medical centers is likely to continue, with both supporters and opponents of the move making their voices heard.
For his part, Archbishop Broglio has made it clear that he will continue to stand up for the values and principles that he believes are fundamental to the well-being of our nation’s veterans.