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Ban Remains on Overseas Military Abortions

The Senate rejected an amendment that would have lifted a ban prohibiting military women stationed abroad from obtaining abortions in military hospitals, even if the women pay for the procedures themselves. The proposal, offered by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), was defeated in a 50-49 vote. The ban puts the health of overseas servicewomen at risk, forcing them to choose between possibly inadequate health care, or making a trip back to the United States to receive care.

Sources:

The Washington Post and The Kaiser Daily