Ok. I did not know about this. My entire life (my father was also military) I have been under military benefits, so all my healthcare has been free. I’ll admit, I’ve never really thought about much. I mean, I bust my ass for the military, so when I literally have busted my ass or gotten sick, the military has fixed it.
I had no idea that abortion due to assault/rape was not covered under this. What the hell Military? WHAT THE HELL?
Look at the poor Army Sergeant in the article, she had to navigate all that red tape and raise money for an abortion for her rapist’s unwanted child. I am disgusted. Women all over the armed forces give their all for this country, and with the high rape/assault count as it is they won’t be covered for an abortion!
“If the federal government can provide this exception to assaulted women who are not in uniform, we can and should also ensure that the brave servicewomen who are victimized during their military service receive all the medical care that they need.”
The amendment is called the “Shaheen Amendment” and was included in the proposed mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013. There’s still time to throw your voice in so please do so!