The act, introduced by Boxer and fellow Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen and Frank Lautenberg, would have taxpayers foot the bill for abortions performed on military personnel using Department of Defense medical facilities.
Current law in effect since 1996 prohibits the performance of abortion by Department of Defense medical personnel or at DOD medical facilities. A separate provision prohibits the use of DOD funds for abortion except to save the life of the mother. The MARCH for Military Women Act would lift the current bans and abortion advocates have tried for years to force military base hospitals to do abortions on female service members.
“Women who bravely choose to serve our country in the military shouldn’t have to forfeit their rights,” Lautenberg said. “When military hospitals fail to provide reproductive health services, women serving in foreign countries are left without access to safe and legal health care. This is unjust treatment for our servicewomen that must be brought to an end.”
Not surprisingly, advocacy groups such as the National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood and ACLU support the bill.