Over 5K Vets Sign Letter Supporting Tuberville’s Blockade of Military Appointments Over Pentagon's Abortion Subsidies

Evan Poellinger | July 19, 2023
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More than five thousand veterans of the United States Armed Forces have signed a letter in support of U.S. Senator Tommy Tubervillle’s (R-AL) halting of military promotions because of the military’s facilitation of abortions.

The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), expresses support for Tuberville “holding civilian, general, and flag officers from confirmation by unanimous consent until the DoD rescinds its recently instituted policy of subsidizing abortion.” The letter characterizes the subsidizing of abortion by the Biden Administration as both illegal and a circumvention of congressional authority.

The letter is signed by a diverse group of veterans from all the various service branches of the U.S. military. They include retired Air Force Major General Bentley Rayburn, former Rear Admiral, Presidential Physician and Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX), former Lieutenant General and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as well as Reps. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Elijah Crane (R-AZ), and Andrew Clyde (R-GA).

Beginning in February, Sen. Tuberville has blocked every military promotion which has required Senate confirmation, leaving a number of key positions in the military hierarchy vacant, including the position of commandant of the Marine Corps. Tuberville has stated that he will not allow the promotions to proceed until the military stops providing financial assistance to its members who travel to obtain abortions.

While it remains uncertain whether Tuberville or the military brass will be the first to crack, the growing number of veterans expressing their support for the senator’s one-man stand seems to be making the odds against Tuberville a little less daunting.