Tuberville Vows: ‘I Will Stay Here Until Hell Freezes Over’, Fights Pentagon Abortion Project
Sen. Tommy Tuberville is standing up for life and refusing to back down despite relentless attacks from Democrats. He’s refusing to confirm the Pentagon’s promotions of 184 military generals and flag officers until the Biden administration reverses its policy to allow taxpayer-funded abortions for U.S. service members and their families.
Tuberville warned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin back in October to stay away from a divisive abortion agenda at the Pentagon, or face the prospect that military nominations wouldn’t receive a Senate confirmation vote. But Austin ignored the warning and announced Feb. 16 that the Defense Department would provide three weeks of paid leave and reimbursement of travel expenses for military personnel and dependents who are seeking an abortion.
This new policy could lead to a massive increase in the annual number of abortions from approximately 20 to more than 4,000, according to an estimate from a Rand Corp. study. Tuberville maintains it’s also illegal, violating a prohibition on taxpayer-funded abortions. So it’s no wonder Democrats are lashing out at him.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., requested the Senate’s unanimous confirm to approve the full slate of Pentagon promotions. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., attempted to do the same. But Tuberville has refused to budge.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made an unfounded accusation that Tuberville was jeopardizing America’s security—a charge the Republican senator firmly rejected. “I’m not blocking anyone from being confirmed,” Tuberville said. “Every single one of these nominees can receive a vote if Sen. Schumer wants it. Voting is our job. It’s not too much to ask of the United States Senate to do its job—to vote.”
The Pentagon’s position on abortion is also facing opposition from pro-life organizations. Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation, said: “It takes courage to stand up to the Washington establishment, and that’s exactly what Sen. Tommy Tuberville is doing. The Heritage Foundation is proud to stand alongside him and asks all U.S. senators to do the same until the Defense Department’s radical abortion policy ends.”
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is also leading the charge to halt the new policy. She introduced legislation this month to end taxpayer-funded abortions. “The Pentagon should not be mobilized against the unborn. The Department of Defense exists to defend life, not destroy it,” Ernst said.
A survey conducted by the Marist Poll and commissioned by the Knights of Columbus revealed that 54% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. So it’s no surprise that Tuberville is standing his ground against the liberal agenda. He’s standing up for what’s right and fighting to protect the unborn.