Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, warned the Biden administration Friday against making an illegal policy change that would force taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions in the U.S. military.

Federal law prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in the military, Medicaid and other federal programs. In October, however, the Biden administration released proposed policy changes for the U.S. Department of Defense that would violate federal abortion limits, Tuberville said.

“[W]e uncovered [Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin]’s plan to fund thousands of abortions a year,” he wrote Friday on Twitter. “Not only is this a severe misuse of taxpayer dollars, it’s illegal. I will hold him accountable.”

In a letter to Austin, Tuberville referred to an Oct. 20 memo directing the Department of Defense to find ways to increase access to “reproductive health care.” He said the secretary’s plan would subsidize up to 4,100 abortions every year for military members and likely thousands more for dependents who are covered under military health care plans.

The policy change even would cover late-term abortions in states where the “morally repugnant” practice is legal, Tuberville continued.

He reminded Austin that the law prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions in the military. The only exceptions are for cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life, of which the average has been less than 20 per year within the department, he continued.

“If Secretary Austin wants to change the law, he should do it through Congress. But he’s going around Congress to enact a taxpayer-funded abortion policy – including late term abortions,” Tuberville said. “Americans want a strong military focused on keeping them safe, but the Department of Defense leadership is distracted by radical liberal priorities.”

Tuberville said the policy is illegal and immoral, and promised to place a hold on all future civilian and general/flag officer nominations if Austin implements it at the end of the year, as planned….

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