I received a letter from a reader asking me to highlight the issue of servicewoman not having access to their right to an abortion, even if she has been raped. As we have all read, the military will pay for someone to get cosmetic surgery, including breast implants, nose jobs, and liposuction. The true horror of this is that the Department of Defense reported that there were 1,012 incidents of sexual assault on service members in 2003, and 901 in 2002. These women had no recourse provided by their employer if they became pregnant.
The Bush brand of fundamentalism is responsible for this, and Congress can change it. You should sign the International Planned Parenthood Federationâ€™s petition if you agree that this policy makes no sense. Thanks for pointing this to me, Mara.