Womens Health

When a Servicewoman is Raped, She Deserves the Same Care from Her Country as Civilian Women

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More than 400,000 women serve in the Armed Forces and put their lives and limbs at risk to preserve our rights and freedom. Yet these women are denied access to the same care available to the civilians they protect.

Unlike other federal bans on abortion coverage, U.S. servicewomen, and military dependents, receive no federal coverage for abortion care in cases of rape or incest. Instead, they are forced to pay for care out of their own pockets after being raped. The current policy is unjust and unfair. In the face of the alarmingly high rates of sexual assault in the military, it is unconscionable.