With the continuing scandal of Culture of Rape in the military, it seems unfathomable that service women would not have the option to abort a pregnancy that is the result of a rape. To be raped by a fellow soldier then to be forced to have the child? To be raped because of one’s position as a military women —For a woman who is risking her life for this country?
WE CAN DO BETTER.
Treat our servicewomen equally. They’ve earned it.
Write to your members of Congress and ask them to give servicewomen the same health insurance coverage they give to other federal employees. With your help, we can make sure the women who risk their lives for our country are treated fairly and with respect.
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. I have had the honor of meeting some of the incredible veterans – retired military officers and non-commissioned officers – who have come together to right a wrong. Currently, federal law bans coverage of abortion for military women (and military dependents) who become pregnant due to sexual assault. The vets are working to get this unfair law changed.
These officers told us that the first thing they had been taught was that it was their responsibility to ‘take care of the troops.’ To a person, these veterans are fighting against this ban as an extension of that responsibility.
Specifically, they support an amendment to the National Defense Re-Authorization Act (NDAA) that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) offered in the Armed Services Committee to end this ban. And, they succeeded. The Shaheen Amendment passed out of Committee with a bi-partisan vote. In fact, both Senators Carl Levin and John McCain (the Chairman and Senior Republican on the Committee) voted for the provision.