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Sexual Violence: Female Soldiers Denied Abortion Coverage For Rape Pregnancies

on December 10, 2011
December 9, 2011

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The military is not a safe place for women. It’s not enemy fire that they should be concerned about, however. It’s their fellow servicemen. Almost one out of every three women serving their country will be sexually assaulted. This number alone is highly disturbing, but to add insult to a very real injury, Congress has declined to vote on a rule that currently prohibits women in the military from terminating a pregnancy stemming from a rape.

This is not to say they could not pay for the procedure out of their own pocket but it will not be covered by their government insurance. By way of comparison, civilian government employees are eligible to have a rape pregnancy terminated under their insurance. Essentially, our servicewomen, who fight, bleed and die for their country, have been told that they have less rights than civilians.

Congress’ behavior is even worse. Via ThinkProgress:

The Senate’s cowardice in refusing to even bring the amendment to a vote is also disappointing. Declining to vote on a measure is a sneaky tactic that effectively kills the amendment, but allows senators to avoid going on the record denying rights to service members. Earlier this year a Republican-led House committee also shot down a (similar) Democratic measure.

I expect such callousness from the Right but how heroic of our Democratic majority Senate! Sure, voting for it would be a “vote for abortion!!!” and would generate endless attack ads from the so-called “pro-life” Right. But wouldn’t that be a fight worth having? Even in an election year? Our servicewomen risk everything for us. Who are we to turn our back on them in their hour of greatest need?

Sometimes, my government makes me sick to my stomach.

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