The current Supreme Court docket opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group doesn’t prohibit the Protection Division from persevering with to offer important ladies’s well being care companies to service members, dependents, different beneficiaries and DOD civilian workers, the undersecretary of protection for personnel and readiness mentioned in a memo released today.
Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr. famous that beneath current federal legislation DOD could solely carry out or pay for abortions if the lifetime of the mom can be endangered if the fetus had been carried to time period, or if the being pregnant is the results of rape or incest — referred to as “lined abortions.”
The current Supreme Court docket choice doesn’t prohibit DOD from persevering with to carry out these lined abortions, per federal legislation, he wrote.
“There will likely be no interruption to this care,” Cisneros mentioned.
“Well being care suppliers will proceed to observe current departmental coverage,” he continued, including that army medical therapy amenities will implement measures to make sure continued entry to care.
Cisneros mentioned it’s the Justice Division’s longstanding place that the states usually could not impose felony or civil legal responsibility on federal workers who’re performing their official duties in a way licensed by federal legislation.
DOD will work with the Justice Division to make sure entry to counsel for civilian workers and repair members if wanted and as acceptable, he wrote.
No Influence on Go away Insurance policies
The Supreme Court docket’s choice additionally doesn’t have an effect on DOD’s depart insurance policies, Cisneros mentioned.
“Present division coverage authorizes active-duty service members to journey as essential to obtain abortion care,” he mentioned. The journey could also be government-funded, official journey for a lined abortion, or for all different circumstances, it might be undertaken as common depart on the service member’s expense.
“Entry to emergency or convalescent depart stays unchanged for all service members,” Cisneros famous.
DOD civilian workers could proceed to make use of sick depart or different types of depart as essential to take care of themselves or their relations, he mentioned. Sick depart may be used to cowl journey which may be wanted to acquire any sort of medical therapy.
DOD, the army departments and the DOD Workplace of Basic Counsel will proceed to evaluate present DOD insurance policies and procedures in gentle of evolving state legal guidelines to evaluate any affect they could have on DOD. Extra steering will likely be issued as acceptable.
“As at all times, we are going to take each motion inside our authority to make sure the security and well being of each member of our group,” Cisneros wrote.