While Fox News has devoted extensive airtime to pushing scandals that have since begun to fall apart, it has largely ignored new allegations of sexual assault in the military.
Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it?
Reproductive Health Services in the Military: It’s Time to Stop Denying Servicewomen the Basic Rights For Which They Fight
Military servicewomen fight for our country and our rights yet are denied access to basic reproductive health care. They face shockingly high rates of sexual assault and rape, yet are denied access to legal services. We urge policymakers in 2012 to put politics aside and support the women serving our country through policies that put their needs and wellbeing first, as they do ours.
Concerned Women for America sent out a letter protesting abortion coverage for raped service women. In their estimation, since you can’t go back in time and un-rape the victim, there’s no reason to offer post-rape care to mitigate the damage.
The Shaheen Amendment currently has 12 cosponsors. It should have all 100. This amendment should be entirely non-controversial and should appeal even to those who generally oppose abortion but are sympathetic to its need in cases of rape or incest. Even the Hyde Amendment — the original ban on government coverage for abortion — allows for abortion in those circumstances.