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Tuberville, SASC Colleagues Repeat Calls for Pentagon to Justify Linking Scotus Abortion Ruling to Military Readiness

Government and Politics

November 28, 2022


Tuberville, SASC Colleagues Repeat Calls for Pentagon to Justify Linking Scotus Abortion Ruling to Military Readiness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined the Republican members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in pushing Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to explain a letter from the department in response to the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization. In a memorandum to the Force dated June 28, 2022, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. claimed the Supreme Court’s ruling that there is no constitutional right to abortion “will have significant implications for…the readiness of the Force,” but provided no evidence to support this conclusion.

Senator Tuberville and his Republican SASC colleagues previously asked Secretary Austin to clarify this claim in a letter sent on July 13, 2022, and have yet to receive a response. 

“In what can only be seen as a disturbingly political decision, the Department released a memorandum on October 20, 2022, less than 20-days before the midterm election, asserting that the Dobbs decision has ‘readiness, recruiting, and retention implications for the Force,’” said the senators. “Again, the Department gave no justification for this claim and announced significant policy changes related to the prevention and termination of a pregnancy,” they continued.

Other signers of the letter include U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).

A copy of the letter can be found here.