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Alabama abortion law could impact Space Force decision

Alabama’s draconian abortion law, which has no exceptions for rape or incest at any age, is now being used by Colorado lawmakers and others to try to prevent Air Force Space Command, known as STARCOMM, from being moved from Colorado and permanently placed in Huntsville.

According to an article on Military.com, U.S. Senator Michael Bennett, D-Colorado, expressed concern that Alabama’s new law could have a negative effect on recruiting and morale and a carrier. Air Force spokesman said he was working with the Secretary of Defense to determine the impact of the new law on the Air Force.

“I am deeply concerned about how the Dobbs decision and state abortion bans will affect Space Command’s workforce and readiness if the command leaves Colorado,” Bennet said in a statement. a statement emailed to Military.com.

While Rose Riley, spokeswoman for the Department of the Air Force, declined to say directly whether the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and the implementation of Alabama’s strict law would factor into the final decision on the Space Force’s permanent status. at home, she told the publication that “the Air Force is working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to review the impact on the force of the recent Supreme Court ruling… “.

It’s the latest twist in a two-year fight over the placement of STARCOMM, which will be a unified military command overseeing all operations in space. During his final days in office, former President Donald Trump reversed an Air Force decision to place STARCOMM in Colorado and instead ordered that he be moved to Huntsville. The move is expected to take place before 2026.

But almost immediately Trump’s decision, which would shift 1,400 jobs and potentially billions in defense spending to Alabama, was questioned and allegations of political patronage were filed. The Army has since undertaken a review of the decision to move the base to Huntsville and the results are expected in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, military officials have expressed concerns about recent downward trends in recruitment and retention — issues that could further heighten worries about Alabama’s abortion law.

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Alabama Senator Richard Shelby reiterated his support for STARCOMM’s installation in Huntsville, saying that numerous studies supported the decision to move the program.