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We need your help to end an egregious policy that impacts women in the military who have survived a rape.
We've been working hard to make sure that military women who are survivors of rape or incest can get abortion services covered using their military health insurance. Anti-choice law currently bans them from doing so, and they must pay the cost themselves.
The U.S. Senate is poised to lift this ban.
And today, pro-choice champion President Obama confirmed his administration's support for overturning the ban (see page four of this PDF).
We're so thankful that the person we call Mr. President stands with women, and especially with the women who dedicate their lives to serving our country.
We owe it to our servicewomen to make sure they can get the health services they need in the tragic case of sexual assault.
Help us end this horrible policy -- send a strong message to lawmakers.
Did you know that servicewomen who are survivors of rape or incest cannot get coverage for abortion care under their military health-insurance plans?
As awful as this sounds, it's true.
But in hopeful news, last week the Senate took a big step toward changing this unconscionable policy. The Senate Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment authored by pro-choice Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) that would provide abortion coverage for military women who are pregnant as a result of sexual assault.
Retired military officials have joined a group called Stand Up for Servicewomen to fight this discriminatory policy. One retired army captain who belongs to this group called the Shaheen amendment an important step forward for women serving their country.
"Servicewomen promise to support and defend the Constitution and our country," said Cindy McNally, Chief Master Sergeant, US Air Force (Ret.). "It's unconscionable to turn our backs on them in their time of need. We owe it to them--and to ourselves--to get this one right."
A huge shout-out goes to Sen. Shaheen and our other consistent champions of choice on the committee:
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Thanks to these senators for fighting for the women who fight for us.
Our servicewomen put their lives on the line for our rights, but they don't have same right to choose that we have at home.
Current law permits the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide abortion care at military facilities only in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.
In the tragic cases of rape or incest, the servicewoman must bear the cost of the medical care herself, which means the restrictions on military women go even further than on civilian women.
Fortunately, pro-choice lawmakers are working to change this unfair policy.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a measure that would repeal the law that blocks women from using their military insurance plan to cover abortion care if they survive a sexual assault.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praised Sen. Shaheen and other pro-choice leaders for standing up for our servicewomen:
Women in the military deserve the same reproductive -health care as women here at home. Anti-choice lawmakers are putting politics ahead of servicewomen's health and safety. These women are fighting for our freedom while being denied their own.
It's outrageous for women in the military who become pregnant as a result of sexual assault to be denied the right to the full range of reproductive-health care options.
Thank you, Sen. Shaheen!