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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES SHAHEEN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MILITARY WOMEN WITH ABORTION COVERAGE IN CASES OF RAPE AND INCEST

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES SHAHEEN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MILITARY WOMEN WITH ABORTION COVERAGE IN CASES OF RAPE AND INCEST

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Published by Jennifer Norris
NEW YORK – Congressional committees have included the Shaheen Amendment,
which provides for health care coverage of abortions in cases of rape and incest for
women in the military and military family members, in the final Defense bill today. The bill must still pass votes by the House and Senate and signing by the President before it becomes law. This is the first time that this provision has been included in the final Defense bill.
NEW YORK – Congressional committees have included the Shaheen Amendment,
which provides for health care coverage of abortions in cases of rape and incest for
women in the military and military family members, in the final Defense bill today. The bill must still pass votes by the House and Senate and signing by the President before it becomes law. This is the first time that this provision has been included in the final Defense bill.

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FORIMMEDIATERELEASE:
December18,2012
CONTACT:KatyOtto,ServiceWomen’sActionNetwork,646-569-5219,katy@servicewomen.org
NATIONALDEFENSEAUTHORIZATIONACTCONFERENCEREPORTINCLUDESSHAHEENAMENDMENTTOPROVIDEMILITARYWOMENWITHABORTIONCOVERAGEINCASESOFRAPEANDINCEST
Womenveterans’organizationincludedforfirsttimeincoalitionthatbrought provisiontofinalbill 
 NEW YORK – Congressional committees have included the Shaheen Amendment,which provides for health care coverage of abortions in cases of rape and incest for women in the military and military family members, in the final Defense bill today. The bill must still pass votes by the House and Senate and signing by the President before it becomes law.This is the first time that this provision has been included in the final Defense bill.“We’re thrilled that Congress has taken this huge step to ensure that the women whoserve in the armed forces us have access to the same health care options as those theyserve,” said Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and a former Marine Corps Captain. “This is about equality and fairness – andwomen in uniform deserve the same health care coverage all other federal employeesreceive. The passage of the Shaheen amendment is both urgent, and long overdue.”The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and adopted in a bipartisan vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May. Last week Gen. ColinPowell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, joined dozensof military leaders in signing a letter urging congressional support for the amendment.The coalition advocating for the provision also included a women veterans’ organization – SWAN – for the first time.“It’s critical that policy affecting the lives of women in the military be guided by theinput of active duty women and women veterans,” said Bhagwati. “SWAN and our community were happy to be an active player in the coalition that advocated for this

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