This would reverse the current policy that military women can have abortions at these hospitals except for the instances of rape or incest. Slaughter spoke with Diana Reese of the Washington Post.
That’s “absolutely wrong,” Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) told me in a phone interview Monday. She introduced legislation Thursday that would change that. The Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) for Military Women Act would lift the ban on abortions at military hospitals for service women.
Rep. Louise Slaughter supports lifting the ban on privately funded abortions for service women at overseas military hospitals.
No taxpayer dollars would be spent, she assured me. The service woman would be required to pay for the abortion. And the “conscience clause” would remain in effect so that any military physician who did not want to perform the procedure would not be required to do so.
If passed by Congress, MARCH would lift the statutory ban that dates back to a time when men believed “women could not be trusted to make that decision, so we’ll just make it for them,” Slaughter, who’s co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, said.