The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is threatening to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs for detailed data on its year-old policy of providing abortions to veterans in certain cases.
The VA has twice given lawmakers top-line numbers of how many abortions the department has performed. Most recently, in May, the VA said it had done 54 abortions between September 2022, when the policy was implemented, and April 30.
But Republicans on the House Veterans Affairs Committee had requested quarterly updates on the data, which have not come. They also wanted a more detailed breakdown of the information, which the VA has declined to provide, citing privacy concerns.
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“The American taxpayers funding these abortion procedures at VA deserve to know how VA is carrying out the” policy, committee Chairman Mike Bost, R-Ill., and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, who chairs the committee's health subpanel, wrote in a letter Thursday to VA Secretary Denis McDonough.
“Failure to provide the requested information to the committee by Sept. 30, 2023, will force the committee to consider all tools at the committee's disposal, including scheduling a vote to issue a subpoena for the requested information,” they added in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Military.com ahead of its release.
The VA told Military.com it…