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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:10 PM

Pres. Obama ends 30-year ban on insurance coverage of abortions for military victims of rape/incest

Allison Yarrow ‏@AliYarrow

(President) Obama signs DAA repealing 30-year ban on insurance coverage of abortions for military women victims of rape and incest.

____The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which the president signed into law late Wednesday night, has been assailed by liberals and libertarians for authorizing the indefinite detention of American citizens. But the annual spending bill this year made a different sort of history as well by repealing the generation-long ban on insurance coverage for abortions for members of the armed services who are victims of rape and incest—finally giving those women the guaranteed affordable coverage in those circumstances that federal prisoners, civilian employees and Medicaid recipients have long received . . .

New Hampshire’s senior senator Jeanne Shaheen, who introduced the amendment repealing the ban that had been in effect since 1981 (PDF) called the bills passage an “important step” toward ending a policy that was “blatantly unfair to women putting their lives on the line.” Currently, military insurance only covers abortions performed to save the life of the mother, and military health care facilities will only perform them to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape and incest. Shaheen’s amendment will let insurance pick up the cost of the procedure in such cases, rather than forcing the woman to pay out of pocket . . .

Shaheen, who has long worked to secure reproductive rights advances for women, agreed that rape in the military is still a systemic problem, which needs to be addressed, and deemed the repeal of the abortion ban is a small step in that direction.

“We have a long way to go to ensuring policies are carried out across the military,” she said.


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Reply Pres. Obama ends 30-year ban on insurance coverage of abortions for military victims of rape/incest (Original post)
bigtree Jan 2013 OP
LiberalLoner Jan 2013 #1
patrice Jan 2013 #2
obamanut2012 Jan 2013 #3
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Rex Jan 2013 #5
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #6
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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:14 PM

1. Very glad of this!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:15 PM

2. K&R for Another step toward ending, "What happens _____________ STAYS ________________ ." nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:15 PM

3. Female service members also have to pay their own travel costs

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And take personal leave. So, raped in Iraq and need an abortion? Take leave, if granted, and pay costs to fly to Germany or the UK, pay all costs while there, then pay travel back to your base in Iraq. Or 29 Palms, or wherever.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:20 PM

4. k&r

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:21 PM

5. A very good step!

Thank you Mr. President!

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:24 PM

6. K & R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:16 PM

7. That's my President!

I am so proud of him!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:24 PM

8. That's Progress! Thank you President Obama

thanks for the news bigtree

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:40 PM

9. Baby steps will still get us there!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:57 PM

10. Change we can believe in?

Yes indeed!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:00 PM

11. Looking forward to getting Jeanne Shaheen re-elected in 2014

Jeanne

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:05 PM

12. K&R

"A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down." Yes, we must cheer the progress, where ever we can find it. It's a shame that the women have to bear the cost of flying somewhere to have an abortion performed. Whenever it occurs, I think a female Medic should be flown into the theater of operation to perform the abortion. The military should incur all the costs. And the military should hold the rapist accountable as well.

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