When Fox Pundit Liz Trotta was told that there has been a 64% increase in sexual assaults in the military since 2006, her response was, “Now what did they expect, these people are in close contact.” Obviously the Senate Arms Committee, which voted yesterday, 16-10, in favor of the Shaheen Amendment, does not agree with Ms. Trotta.
That the Department of Defense already funds abortion for military women whose lives are endangered by pregnancy was a surprise to me. The Shaheen Amendment takes it a step further and provides funding for abortion for military women in the case of rape and incest.
“This is about equity,” Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH and the bill’s sponsor said. “Civilian women who depend on the federal government for health insurance – whether they are postal workers or Medicaid recipients – have the right to access affordable abortion care if they are sexually assaulted. It is only fair that the thousands of brave women in uniform fighting to protect our freedoms are treated the same.”
Three Republican members of the Armed Services Committee voted in favor of the amendment; Senator John McCain (AR) Senator Scott Brown (MA) and Senator Susan Colins (ME). The bill is now headed for the Senate.
Ms. Trotta, we await your comments.
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Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Kat Manaan (MAWT)
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