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The fact that this is still an issue is maddening. 

Jeanne Shaheen: Expand military abortion rights

A renewed push to expand abortion coverage to military women who have been raped threatens upcoming defense spending and programmatic negotiations in Congress.

An amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) would allow the federal health care plans of servicewomen to cover abortions if they have been raped or are the victims of incest. It’s included in the Senate defense authorization bill, now awaiting Senate floor debate.

But the House-passed bill doesn’t include a similar provision, setting up the contentious abortion issue as a potential sticking point when the two measures reach a joint House-Senate conference committee for reconciliation.

For abortion rights activists, the issue is equality.

“It’s a real injustice to the more than 200,000 women who are serving on active duty in our military,” Shaheen said in an interview. “They should have the same rights to affordable reproductive health services as the people they’re protecting. This is about equality for these women.”

Under current military policy, the Defense Department provides health care coverage of abortions to servicewomen only if their lives are in danger. In other federal health care programs such as Medicaid, however, the Hyde Amendment also allows for coverage of abortions in cases of rape or incest.

“This is an aberration, and it was a deliberate aberration,” Shaheen said. The discrepancy between policies isn’t an oversight, she said. Congress deliberately changed the provision in the 1981 defense bill to remove all other abortion allowances.

Repeated attempts to expand coverage of abortions for military women have been unsuccessful. An effort by Shaheen and others to bring the issue to a floor vote last year during negotiations over the defense bill was blocked.

But this time around, Shaheen’s amendment was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee with support from both the chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and the ranking Republican, John McCain of Arizona.

Committee approval “was very important in terms of the potential to keep people on board as the legislation goes through the process,” Shaheen said. For abortion foes, taking the language out of the bill is more difficult than striking down belated attempts to include it.

Still, the Shaheen amendment faces a tough obstacle in the Republican-controlled House.

“There are persons such as myself who do not want the government funding abortions,” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said. “This would be getting a foot in the door of taxpayer money being used for abortions.”

Wilson said he expects a floor fight over the issue, adding he would prefer to ramp up prosecution of people who commit rape and incest than expand abortion coverage.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) brought up the issue on the Senate floor in June, urging the House not to block the amendment.

“I hope that we can work together on a truly bipartisan and bicameral basis,” Brown said.

Both sides, however, agree that the abortion issue is a symptom of a larger problem of sexual violence in the military.

The Defense Department has acknowledged 3,191 reported sexual assaults within the military in 2011. And taking into account the likelihood of unreported assaults, the actual statistic could approach 19,000 annually, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in January.

Women make up a larger portion of the U.S. military than ever before. The 1.4 million-member active-duty force includes about 205,000 women, nearly 15 percent of the force, the Pentagon reported in February.

Sexual violence in the military is “a stain on the good honor of the great majority of our troops and their families,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, according to a report by the American Forces Press Service.

“Unfortunately, I know that when we take women into violent places, they experience violent things,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, who was commander of the Army Medical Command, chief of the Army Nurse Corps and acting surgeon general of the Army in 2007.

“The reality is that sexual assault happens around the world,” Pollock said, and women in the military can be victimized by the enemy, contractors and even colleagues.

Advocates for Shaheen’s amendment also said better prevention of these crimes is necessary, but she sees that as a separate issue.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, who’s spoken out against sexual violence in the military, appeared in the documentary “The Invisible War,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has been making waves in the military community.

“We have a history of these things going on,” Laich said, pointing to sex crime allegations against three Air Force Academy cadets in January, the 1991 Talhook scandal, as well as this year’s high-profile sexual assault investigations of drill instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

“The Shaheen amendment will be a step in the right direction, but the fact of the matter is that sexual violence in the military is a cultural issue,” Laich said. “The Old Boys network in the military needs to be put in the trash bin.”

Both Pollock and Laich have been vocal advocates for the Shaheen amendment, arguing it’s wrong for servicewomen not to have the same access to abortion care as the federally covered women they’re serving.

“The majority of women are afforded a choice after they’ve been sexually assaulted as to how they want to manage that,” Pollock said.

The issue is about equity, not politics, she said. “I do not think that military women should be political pawns.”

Austin Wright contributed to this report.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=8AB82977-9B53-4EB2-BE21-164116CB17AC

They're not even asking for special rights.  Just the same rights civilians have. 

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^ Thanks for the addition, Jasmine. Which has reminded me of this...

The Invisible War (rape in the military)

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Military Rapes - What did they expect?


Fox News' Liz Trotta On Women Raped In Military: 'What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/13/2012 3:50 pm Updated: 02/13/2012 4:34 pm


Fox News pundit Liz Trotta make a series of incendiary statements about rape in the military during a Sunday appearance on the network.

Trotta was reacting to news that the military will allow women to work closer to the front lines. Speaking to Fox News host Eric Shawn, she alleged that feminists wanted "to be warriors and victims at the same time."

She cited a recent Pentagon report that sex crimes committed by army personnel have increased by 64% over the past six years. Then she made a startling statement:

"I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it's strictly been a question of pressure from the feminists."

Trotta also alleged that "feminists" have demanded too much money to fund programs for sexual abuse victims. "You have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much," she said.

Shawn argued that the programs are necessary to protect those victims. Trotta responded that the purpose of the military is "to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war."

Trotta has a history of controversial statements. Among other things, she joked about assassinating President Obama during his campaign in 2008.

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Maaaan, I was upset when I heard what Trotta said.  I was kind of surprised about the things said in the thread too.
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Originally posted by csungrl09 csungrl09 wrote:

The war on women: Shocking Quotes from the GOP




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Is it really 2012?? Dead
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Goddamn. 
Who hasn't been raped?
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