Veteran Rep. Spells Out Why She’s ‘Sick And Tired’ Of GOP Colleagues’ Abortion Stance | EUROtoday

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Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), an Air Force veteran, slammed a majority of House Republicans on Thursday over their opposition to a Pentagon coverage that reimburses service members for prices related to journey to get an abortion.

Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas) launched an modification, which was later adopted by way of a 214-207 vote, to the annual protection invoice as she regarded to the measure as a method to “return” to “protections” of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits using federal funds on abortions.

“While my colleagues on the other side are taking the anti-woman stance of incentivizing abortions, I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment to not only follow the law, enforce the law, but to do so while protecting the most vulnerable, the unborn,” Van Duyne mentioned.

A pair of Republicans — Reps. John Duarte (R-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) — voted in opposition to the modification whereas one Democrat — Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) — backed it.

Houlahan mentioned it “truly saddens” her to have returned to the House flooring “yet again” to have the identical dialog with lawmakers as she had final 12 months.

“Standing before this chamber as a woman, yet again. A woman who has actually served and actually worn a uniform and actually was a mother in uniform,” Houlahan mentioned.

She added that she’s defending service members’ proper to hunt medical care once they’re serving the nation earlier than taking goal at GOP lawmakers.

“I’m sick and tired of members who have never served telling service members, the same service members they are proud to publicly express their purported support for, that they don’t deserve the financial or otherwise freedom to seek the medical care that they and their family members deserve and need when they need it,” Houlahan mentioned.

The Pennsylvania Democrat later knocked lawmakers who served however “still don’t wish” to afford the flexibility for present service members to hunt reproductive companies.

“We should be supporting our family service members, not hindering them,” mentioned Houlahan, who cited the MARCH for Military Servicemembers Act which might broaden abortion entry.