Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Congressional Conference Committee Includes Military Abortion Amendment in Defense Authorization Bill
The Huffington Post: Military Abortion Amendment Is Included In Final Defense Bill, by Laura Bassett:
A bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate members approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill on Tuesday that will extend the insurance coverage of abortion to military women who have been raped.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) amendment to the defense bill lifts a decades-long ban on abortion coverage for military rape victims. Since 1981, military women have not had the same level of health coverage that civilian employees, Medicaid recipients, and even federal prisoners receive from their government-issued insurance plans. High-profile supporters of the amendment include former Secretary of State Colin Powell. . . .