House Bill Would Allow Military to Perform, Fund Abortions

House Bill Would Allow Military to Perform, Fund Abortions

Jun 3rd, 2022Defense One

“Reproductive rights cannot and should not end when you put on our nation’s uniform,” Rep. Sara Jacobs said.

More than 80 Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Friday that would allow military medical facilities to perform and pay for abortions for service members and dependents, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health, or MARCH, for Military Servicemembers Act would ensure that abortion remains available to women stationed in the more than two dozen states expected to ban the procedure if the Supreme Court sweeps away Americans’ right to it.

“The fallout for our servicemembers and their families will be catastrophic, as is the threat to our military readiness, morale, and unit cohesion,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. “Abortion care isn’t a privilege, it is standard health care essential to one’s ability to determine their own destiny….Our brave servicemembers deserve the same access to basic health care as the people they are fighting to protect.”

Last month, Politico reported that the Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a draft decision. Even though the final decision could change, advocates immediately called on Congress to protect the reproductive rights of service members, who have little control over whether they are stationed in a state that will ban the procedure. 


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