The current Supreme Courtroom opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group doesn’t prohibit the Protection Division from persevering with to supply important ladies’s well being care providers to service members, dependents, different beneficiaries and DOD civilian workers, the undersecretary of protection for personnel and readiness mentioned in a memo launched right now.
Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr. famous that below present federal legislation DOD might solely carry out or pay for abortions if the lifetime of the mom can be endangered if the fetus have been carried to time period, or if the being pregnant is the results of rape or incest — referred to as “coated abortions.”
The current Supreme Courtroom resolution doesn’t prohibit DOD from persevering with to carry out these coated abortions, in line with federal legislation, he wrote.
“There can be no interruption to this care,” Cisneros mentioned.
“Well being care suppliers will proceed to observe present departmental coverage,” he continued, including that navy 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 might not impose legal or civil legal responsibility on federal workers who’re performing their official duties in a way approved 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 Depart Insurance policies
The Supreme Courtroom’s resolution additionally doesn’t have an effect on DOD’s go away insurance policies, Cisneros mentioned.
“Current 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 coated abortion, or for all different instances, it could be undertaken as common go away on the service member’s expense.
“Entry to emergency or convalescent go away stays unchanged for all service members,” Cisneros famous.
DOD civilian workers might proceed to make use of sick go away or different types of go away as essential to look after themselves or their relations, he mentioned. Sick go away may additionally be used to cowl journey that could be wanted to acquire any sort of medical therapy.
DOD, the navy departments and the DOD Workplace of Common Counsel will proceed to overview present DOD insurance policies and procedures in gentle of evolving state legal guidelines to evaluate any impression they could have on DOD. Extra steerage can be issued as acceptable.
“As all the time, we’ll take each motion inside our authority to make sure the protection and well being of every member of our workforce,” Cisneros wrote.