Senator Burris seeks to turn military hospitals into abortion clinics
Buried on page 239 in the 854 page National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, Senator Burris’s coy Amendment reads:
“Section 1093 of title 10, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking subsection (b); and (2) in subsection (a), by striking ‘(a) RESTRICTION ON USE OF FUNDS.—’.”
This little sentence has an obscene effect when section 1093 of title 10, US Code is actually reviewed.
§ 1093. Performance of abortions: restrictions
(a) Restriction on Use of Funds. — Funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to perform abortions except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.
(b) Restriction on Use of Facilities.— No medical treatment facility or other facility of the Department of Defense may be used to perform an abortion except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or in a case in which the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.
When we look at the effect of Senator Burris’ amendment, we see he seeks to turn military hospitals into abortion clinics.
This amended version of the bill has not yet been voted on by the full senate. Over 200 military doctors have signed a letter urging congress to vote no on this version of the bill. The letter says this “drastic and controversial change in longstanding federal policy could disrupt military medicine in a time of war and also undermine military physician retention and recruitment.” The letter continues by expressing their oaths and value prevent them from performing abortions and cites a three year period where President Clinton attempted the same action which led to military doctors refusing to comply.