National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007

Date: May 10, 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense Abortion

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007 -- (House of Representatives - May 10, 2006)


Mrs. MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Chairman, I rise today in very strong opposition to this amendment. I voted against this amendment in the House Armed Services Committee just last week where it was overwhelmingly defeated, and I intend to vote against it today as well.

The health care professionals who serve our brave men and women in uniform in the military health system are dedicated to preserving life, and I have visited many military hospitals and witnessed the heroic efforts to preserve the lives of those wounded in battle, and we honor their service, we honor their dedication.

This amendment would allow these great lifesaving medical facilities to be used as abortion clinics, and abortion is not the mission of the military health system. The mission is to save lives, not destroy innocent human lives.

Mr. Chairman, I applaud the great service and the sacrifice of the dedicated health care professionals serving our military. These men and women face great challenges in healing those who have been wounded in battle, and through their efforts we have seen dramatic drops in the number of troops who die from these wounds. Their efforts have truly been heroic.

Let them continue to focus on saving the lives of our men and women in uniform, and not taking the most innocent of human lives.

I urge my colleagues to defeat this amendment