Summary

To amend title 10, United States Code, regarding restrictions on the use of Department of Defense funds and facilities for abortions. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jun 2, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Jun 2, 2011

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To amend title 10, United States Code, regarding restrictions on the use of Department of Defense funds and facilities for abortions.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health for Military Women Act'' or the ``MARCH for Military Women Act''.

SEC. 2. USE OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FUNDS FOR ABORTIONS IN CASES OF RAPE AND INCEST.

Section 1093(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ``or in a case in which the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest''.

SEC. 3. RESTORATION OF PREVIOUS POLICY REGARDING RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEDICAL FACILITIES.

Section 1093 of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 2, is further amended-- (1) by striking subsection (b); and (2) in subsection (a), by striking ``(a) Restriction on Use of Funds.--''. <all>

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Women who are brutally raped in the U.S. military should not have to pay for their own abortions, but they do. Current federal statute limits the Department of Defense to providing coverage for abortion care only when the pregnant woman’s life is in danger, not in cases of rape and incest. This restriction leaves women who are raped without resources and support. The Pentagon released a report in 2009 on sexual abuse in the military, saying that more than 2,900 sexual assaults were reported in 2008, up nearly 9% from the year before. Nearly 2/3 of the cases involved rape or aggravated assault. Because the Department of Defense does not pay for their abortions, female service members impregnated after being raped often resort to paying for their own abortions at unsanitary local service providers in hostile environments like Afghanistan and Iraq. This policy endangers both the physical and emotional health of female soldiers and should not be tolerated. The Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health Act (MARCH) would provide coverage for women receiving abortions in cases of rape and incest as well as allow these women to have privately-funded abortions at military treatment facilities.

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Bill Summary

To amend title 10, United States Code, regarding restrictions on the use of Department of Defense funds and facilities for abortions.

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