More than 400,000 women serve in the Armed Forces, and receive their health insurance from the Department of Defense’s Military Health System. But the health insurance available to servicewomen prevents women in the military from using their own private funds to pay for abortion services in military facilities. This problem is compounded by the fact that victims of these crimes might be hesitant to disclose their circumstances to superiors. The MARCH Act (Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health of 2013 - H.R. 1389/S.777) would close this loophole and bring regulations for military women in line with federal standards. As long as women paid out of pocket, they would be able to get an abortion in a military medical facility rather than traveling outside the base to potentially dangerous or medically insufficient providers.
Jewish values affirm the right of all women to be moral decision makers, capable of making responsible choices about their reproductive health. Women in the military are no less entitled to the right to make such decisions than civilians.
TAKE ACTION: In emails, faxes and phone calls, please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health for Military Women Act (The MARCH for Military Women Act of 2013). The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121, or you can send an e-mail by entering your ZIP Code below.
For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Sarah Greenberg at 202.387.2800.