The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide abortion access to veterans across the country despite some state bans — in cases when the pregnant woman’s health is at risk or in cases of rape or incest.
Abortion services will be offered in those particular scenarios as soon as a document that details the change is published in the Federal Register, according to a report.
It was not yet decided when the document, which was submitted to the register Thursday, will be published.
“VA is taking this action because it has determined that providing access to abortion-related medical services is needed to protect the lives and health of veterans,” said the document. “As abortion bans come into force across the country, veterans in many states are no longer assured access to abortion services in their communities, even when those services are needed.”
The decision marks the first time abortion services and abortion counseling will be offered by the VA. The document said that before the US Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe v. Wade, veterans could get abortions in their local communities.
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