WASHINGTON — The Senate passed its version of the defense bill Dec. 4, which expands access to abortion for military servicewomen.
The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, would end the existing ban on women in the military using their health insurance to procure abortions when they have been the victims of rape or incest.
The House’s version of the bill does not include the amendment, and the two have yet to be reconciled with one another.
The Senate bill, with the Shaheen amendment, was supported by Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, among others. The Dec. 4 vote in...READ MORE