House Committee Rejects Servicewomen's Right to Privately Funded Abortions
On Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee denied servicewomen and military dependents the right to privately funded abortions in overseas military health facilities. During the markup of HR 2586, the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2002, Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) proposed an amendment that would repeal the ban on abortions in overseas military health facilities. Her amendment was defeated by a 35-23 vote.
The health care coverage provided for U.S. military personnel and dependents is funded through the Department of Defense, which only provides funding for abortion in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment.
Media Resources: NARAL, Kaiser Daily Health Report, August 2, 2001
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .