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Roe v. Wade abortion ruling raises concerns about Space Command move to Alabama logo 8/17/2022 Sarah Whites-Koditschek,

Alabama awaits news of whether the U.S. Air Force will relocate U.S. Space Command center from Colorado to Huntsville as the military completes a review of comments on the plan.

In his final days in office, President Trump advocated for relocating the Space Training and Readiness Command, which has the mission of protecting U.S. security and its satellites from space, from Colorado to Huntsville in 2026.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office completed a review of the decision to move SPACECOM to Alabama in May and determined that the decision was made properly.

Some detractors of the decision have raised questions about the suitability of Alabama for the relocation given the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June.

Colorado lawmakers have since spoken out against the move, arguing their state laws that protect abortion access improve quality of life for Air Force members and that the move to Alabama is a mistake.

The military is conducting a review of the plan to move to Alabama.

Sen. Richard Shelby’s office reiterated his support of the move to Alabama.

“Senator Shelby has long-believed that Huntsville, Alabama, is the best place for Space Command to call home. The Air Force made that selection, and multiple reports have certified its merit,” said Shelby spokesperson Blair Taylor.

Efforts to reach Dale Strong, the Republican nominee to succeed Rep. Mo Brooks, were not immediately successful. A spokesperson for Brooks declined to comment.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has lobbied against the relocation of Space Command since President Biden took office.

“I’m 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 an emailed statement to

Meanwhile U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who represents another state being considered for relocation of the operation, spoke out on Twitter Monday against the military for considering abortion access as a factor in the move.

“We must stop wokeism from negatively impacting readiness like this,” he tweeted. reports the Air Force is expected to decide about whether to relocate Space Command in the coming weeks.

Update: This story was updated at 2:30 on Tuesday to include comment from Sen. Shelby and 1:42 on Tuesday to include that Rep. Mo Brooks declined to comment

This story was changed at 2:21 on Wednesday to omit references to STARRCOMM which was incorrectly used interchangeably with U.S. Space Command

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