WASHINGTON — Today, the Biden administration released an interim final rule that—for the first time—will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide veterans and their eligible dependents abortion care in cases of rape or incest or in cases where the pregnancy would threaten the life or health of the pregnant person.
This rule will also allow VA clinics to provide comprehensive information on pregnant people’s options regarding their pregnancies. Additionally, people covered under Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) will also be able to access abortion care in certain situations. This rule will go into effect immediately once it is published in the Federal Register.
Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“The abortion access crisis is here and it is real. Our veterans have put their lives on the line for this country and should at the very least be able to make decisions about their own bodies. This is an important step towards treating our veterans with the respect and dignity they deserve. We applaud President Biden and Secretary McDonough for taking this crucial step and the Biden administration’s continued effort to respond with a whole-of-government approach to this crisis. We all know the fight does not end here. Planned Parenthood remains committed to advocating for policies that help everyone access the full scope of reproductive health care that they deserve.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.