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April 23, 2013 - 4:54 pm

A group of Democrats are charging that the “war on women” includes the ban on abortions in military medical facilities.

The Dems today introduced the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) Act of 2013, which would allow women in the military to use their own money to pay for abortions in military medical facilities.

The last defense budget chipped away at the military’s abortion ban on base, which since 1988 had been allowed only if the woman’s life was in danger but now extends to cases of rape or incest.

“This legislation would help to respect our servicewomen’s right to privacy while ensuring that they receive the best medical care possible in a timely manner,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Service Subcommittee on Personnel.

Proponents claim women would risk shoddy care if they went off-base for abortions.

“Women serving in foreign countries deserve access to safe and legal health care, which in many cases is not available off the military base,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). “Women in the U.S. military shouldn’t have to forfeit their rights when they serve abroad, and this legislation would bring unjust treatment to an end.”

“Our women in uniform continue to play increasingly critical roles in our military and there is no reason for them to be excluded from the same types of health care services available to those in the private sector,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Pregnant soldiers should be Court-Martialed for dereliction of duty
51 weeks ago
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And any servicemen that impregnate them.
51 weeks ago
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No! No! And, hell no! I'm tired of this crap. People are losing 10% of their salary because of sequestration and now these narrow minded idiots are still only concerned that a woman can't get her uterus shop vacced. There are plenty of things that overseas medical clinics cannot do and in most cases you are sent to the nearest major hospital like Germany in the case of Iraq. Are they asking that front line medical facilities be staffed with abortion "care" in addition to the things they need to save lives in combat. These broads are solidifying, with a vengeance, my opinion that the roles of women in the military need to be rolled back to pre-Vietnam levels and occupations.
51 weeks ago
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"People are losing 10% of their salary because of sequestration..."

I think the GOP platform especially, the 'conservative movement folks, 2012 was to cut government and government spending -- was it not? There should be sequester parties going on to celbrate less government spending.
51 weeks ago
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Homosexuality is now Honorable in the military. Why not murder?

This whole subject is not really about healthcare, it is about causing individuals shame, and remorse to a point they do not seek G-d's forgiveness. Also, all of G-d's orders are under attack in the New Age.
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