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Taking Action: Making Roe Real for All Women

Norma McCorvey (or "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade) and lawyer Gloria Allred (right), in 1989. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

 On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we honor and celebrate US women’s legal right to abortion, and we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that abortion is accessible to women everywhere, and that the promise of the decision is a reality for all of us.

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Shaheen Amendment Moving Forward in Congress

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D - NH)

Just a few more votes and women in the military may finally have the same access to abortion that other women with federal health care plans are supposed to have.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Votes to End Military Ban on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Care for Rape and Incest

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The Senate Armed Services passed an amendment today to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would end the ban on insurance coverage of abortion care for military women and dependents who experience rape or incest. 

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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.

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Concerned Women for America’s Condescending Treatment of Our Female Troops

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.

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A “Cure-All” For Rape? Concerned Women For America Not Very Concerned About Women At All

In an outrageous demonstration of just how little they know about sexual violence and rape, Concerned Women for America sent Senators a letter asserting raped servicewomen should not be offered abortion care as a “cure-all.” Saying abortion is a “cure-all” for rape is like saying a band aid is a cure-all for cancer. Tell CWA that there is no “cure-all” for rape and send them a band aid.

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Why All 100 Senators Should Support Access to Abortion in Cases of Rape in the Military

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.

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Her Service and Sacrifice Demand Fairness and Equal Treatment from Congress

If our brave military women are willing to protect our freedoms, we should protect their freedoms as well.

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Military Leaders Standing Up for Servicewomen in Support of Shaheen Amendment

Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, D.O. (Ret.)

Flag officers in the United States Armed Forces have signed a letter of support for the pending Shaheen Amendment to the FY 12 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867) that would provide servicewomen and military dependents with abortion coverage in cases of rape and incest.

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Standing Up for Servicewomen: Rape Survivors Deserve Access to Abortion Care

Servicewomen rely on the military for their health care, but under current policy they are left to fend for themselves if they become pregnant after being raped.

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