ack when Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, the military services, including the Navy, gave a homosexual couples 10 days of free leave to travel and get married in a state that supported same-sex marriage. Plenty of people, myself included, complained that nobody else got free leave to get married. I had to take regular leave to get married, as do most other people unless they get lucky and their command simply looks the other way. It was an unpopular move, and it should have been a warning sign that the Navy was actively picking sides on issues of morality instead of sticking with warfighting.
Well, in case that wasn’t enough proof for you, the Navy just decided to smack you over the head with more nonsense. ALNAV 071/22 was released late last week. It’s title is “Reproductive Health Services and Support,” but if you think its about supporting pregnant service members and their babies, well, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Let’s see what it says.
1. It is critical our Sailors and Marines maintain health, fitness, and wellness to optimize mission readiness. Therefore, the Department of the Navy (DON) is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of
those who serve our country, and their families in an environment of safety, privacy, and respect. The recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization has generated concern for some Sailors, Marines,
and family members about how their reproductive health care may be affected. The decision has necessitated that the Department of Defense (DoD) closely examine and evaluate policies to ensure seamless access to health
care, consistent with federal law.
Uhm, it hasn’t changed any laws. Military health care has been banned from aborting babies for quite some time. The Hyde Ammendment, passed in 1997, bans the use of federal funds for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Overturning a previous Supreme Court ruling simply means the states can choose to ban abortion…or not in the case of many states like California. So, nothing much has changed, except some people (never defined) are “concerned.”
2. Reference (a) is newly released guidance from the Secretary of Defense entitled, "Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care." Reference (a) outlines reproductive health policy and directs the DoD to promulgate implementing actions no later than the end of this calendar year, to the maximum extent possible. Nothing is more important to me than the health and well-being of our people. The DON will be fully engaged in this policy work.
The referenced memo is here. Good to know the DON will be fully engaged with this while ignoring the suicide epidemic on our ships, the inability to get any ships through a repair cycle on-time and on-budget, or solving the current recruitment crisis.
3. Future policy will:
a. Establish additional privacy protections for reproductive health care information, including standardizing and extending the time Service Members have to fulfill their obligation to notify commanders of a pregnancy to no
later than 20 weeks unless specific requirements to report sooner, such as those necessitated by occupational health hazards, are set forth in policy.
This is dumb. Normally you’re required to report pregnancy right away, the idea being that your boss should limit your physical workload and exposure to things like hazmat and ionizing radiation, since early stress and exposure can cause serious issues in those first few weeks. The purpose of delaying is to allow service members to go and receive abortions…which they already could do. If a Sailor told her Commanding Officer that she was pregnant, then later had an abortion, its not like the CO could DO anything about it. So now because of the delay,
women…I mean, birthing people, will face additional hazards to their unborn babies and themselves during critical early weeks of pregnancy.
b. Allow for appropriate administrative absence consistent with applicable federal law for non-covered reproductive health care.
c. Establish travel and transportation allowances for Sailors, Marines, and their dependents, as appropriate and consistent with applicable federal law and operational requirements, and as necessary, amend any applicable
travel regulations, to facilitate official travel to access non-covered reproductive health care that is unavailable within the local area of a Sailor or Marine's permanent duty station.
So…paying for Sailors to get abortions. “Non-covered reproductive health care” my ass. This is directly funding abortion with federal money. It’s a direct violation of the law. It’s one thing when a Sailor uses her own money to travel and have an abortion. It’s another for the government to pay for it.
Now, you might say “But what about ectopic pregnancy, or the baby isn’t viable anymore?” Well, military treatment facilities perform D&Cs, or dilation and curretage. They do this if a fertilized egg stops developing and doesn’t naturally miscarry. I know from experience. Granted, NPR didn’t broadcast this, but its true. If you call any military treatment facility, they will tell you that they provide condoms (male and female), IUDs, Plan B, and D&Cs for anything that threatens the mothers life.
That’s not good enough for the “abortion on demand” crowd, and rather than comply with law, the Navy and Department of Defense is going to pay for abortions. The only possible excuse for this is that they know Congress won’t stop them. They aren’t afraid of reprisals.
d. Direct commanders to maintain objectivity and discretion when addressing reproductive health care matters and underscore their duty to enforce existing policies against discrimination and retaliation in the context of reproductive health care choices.
“Maintain objectivity?” As in, comply or be silenced/booted. This is direction by the way, not advising. You WILL be supportive of Sailors killing their babies, or else you will be forced out.
e. Develop a program to reimburse applicable fees, as appropriate and consistent with applicable federal law, for health care providers who wish to become licensed in a different state than that in which they are currently licensed in order to support the performance of official duties
f. Develop a program to support health care providers who are subject to adverse action, including civil or criminal penalties or loss of license or reprimand, for appropriately performing their official duties, to include the indemnification of any verdict, judgment, or other monetary award consistent with applicable law.
Oh my! Not only will we shove this down service members throats, but we’ll pay for people to get licensed in other states so that they too can kill babies! This is especially insulting when the Navy can’t fully fund the Navy Credentialing Program (called Navy COOL) for members to seek actual credentials. Plenty of us have applied for credentialing funding, only to be told there isn’t enough money.
4. While this policy work is underway, and pending issuance of the implementing actions, I want to assure you that I am fully committed to ensuring the DON continues to provide contraceptive and reproductive health care services and support to our Sailors, Marines, family members, and retirees.
Yes, we know you are fully committed to killing otherwise healthy babies. Thanks SECNAV!
5. Securing Easy Access to Contraceptive Care: active duty Sailors and Marines are entitled to comprehensive counseling by a health care provider and access to the full range of contraceptive methods for pregnancy
prevention or menstrual suppression. Further, active duty Sailors and Marines may receive an adequate supply of short-acting reversible contraceptives for the entire length of deployment (up to 12 months). If menstrual suppression is desired, extra supply of the chosen method will be ordered and dispensed as necessary to ensure the member has enough active medication for the entire duration of deployment. Additionally, Walk-In Contraceptive Clinics (WICC) (primarily in Fleet Concentration and Fleet Marine Force areas) offer same-day contraceptive services to Sailors and Marines. Currently, 32 WICCs are open (22 Navy and Marine Corps, 4 Army, 4 Air Force, and 2 National Capital Region locations), offering easy access to same-day contraceptive services resulting in reduced wait time for accessing long acting reversible contraception. Finally, emergency contraception Plan B (or generic equivalent) is available at all military pharmacies free of charge.
Uhm…as previously pointed out, this has always been the case. But sure, lets post something more about it!
6. Ensuring Service Members and Beneficiaries Can Access Covered Abortions: consistent with long-standing federal law, 'covered abortions' - those cases that involve rape, incest, or where the life of the mother would be
endangered - will continue to be performed within the military health system. Please know that there is no interruption to this care. Existing DoD policy authorizes travel for covered abortion care, if necessary.
7. Ensuring Service Members Can Exercise Their Reproductive Health Rights: DoD health care providers may recommend non-chargeable convalescent leave to allow time for the Sailor or Marine to recover after receiving an abortion.
Pre-and post-care is available to Sailors and Marines within the military health system, regardless of whether the abortion service was a covered or non-covered procedure.
Has always been the policy, again, not sure why it bears repeating here.
8. I encourage you to visit the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center's, "Women's Health Toolbox," at https://www.med.navy.mil/Navy-Marine-Corps-Public-Health-Center/Womens-Health/ for additional information and
resources on a myriad of important women's health issues, to include abortion care.
9. Rest assured that the DON's work to implement the DoD's new policy is a priority and it will be released expeditiously. I expect promulgation in short order, with cooperation from leaders across the Navy and Marine Corps
to ensure appropriate input and efficient implementation of the new policy.
10. Released by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy.
There is no honor in anything you put out here. This is just a sad violation of the law wrapped in the guise of caring.
Please contact your representative and senators and demand some action, and pray for the unborn, who don’t get any votes when it comes to the despicable actions of people passing themselves off as honorable.
This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Satan, or any of his minions. Those people are in agreement on murdering the innocent.