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Authority of the Department of Defense to Use Appropriations for Travel by Service Members and Dependents to Obtain Abortions

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The Department of Defense may lawfully expend funds to pay for service members and their dependents to travel to obtain abortions that DoD cannot itself perform due to statutory restrictions. DoD may lawfully expend funds to pay for such travel pursuant to both its express statutory authorities and, independently, the necessary expense doctrine.

Updated November 22, 2022