WASHINGTON (AP) – Proponents for ending the ban on women in the military using their health insurance to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest are stepping up the political pressure.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and two retired Army officers insisted on Wednesday that the provision lifting the ban must be in the final version of the defense bill. House and Senate negotiators are about to begin work on reconciling their competing versions of the legislation.
Shaheen said at a news conference that it was only fair that the same rules that apply to federal employees cover the more than 214,000 women of the military. Currently military women can use their health insurance to cover abortions only in cases where the life of the mother is endangered.