Should the military cover abortion?
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|Sat, 06-23-2007 - 2:50pm|
Okay, here's a new topic.
First of all, rape statistics for our servicewomen overseas are skyrocketing. I've read of women dying of dehydration after refusing to drink because they are afraid to use the latrines. This is "friendly-fire" rape I'm talking about. It seems clear to me that compared to a civilian woman who has been raped, there are additional pressures which prevent servicewomen from confronting their attackers and pressing charges. It is therefore cruel punishment to refuse EC or abortion service to women unless they formally file rape charges. As the law currently stands, military physicians are prohibited from counseling or referring for abortions, and base pharmacies make individual decisions about whether or not to stock EC. If a servicewoman is in Afghanistan, for example, she must leave the base and search for a local, illegal, unsafe back-alley abortion, or she may attempt to arrange for leave to fly to Germany and arrange for a private service there (at her own expense) (whenever they decide she can have a leave of absence).
This treatment of our soldiers is barbaric. Cold. Foolish. Disrespectful.
There have been movements to rectify the situation but they have been shot down.
Shouldn't military women have access to EC? And the option of abortion? It's one thing when they are here on US soil, to require them to go find and fund their own (on tiny paychecks) but to strand them on foreign soil without basic medical services... is that humane?