Republican leaders like to talk big about supporting our troops, but sometimes actions speak much louder than words – especially when those actions are frankly horrific:
Republican Senators John McCain, Scott Brown, and Susan Collins all support an effort by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, to expand abortion access for military women who are raped. But despite bipartisan support in the Senate, Shaheen's proposal may not make it into the final version of the 2013 defense authorization bill—because House Republicans oppose it...
Under current law, if a State Department employee is raped, her government health insurance plan will pay for an abortion if she wants one. But if an Army medic serving in Afghanistan is raped and becomes pregnant, she can't use her military health plan to pay for an abortion. If she does decide to get an abortion, she will have to pay for it with her own money. And if she can't prove she was raped—which is difficult before an investigation is completed—she may have to look for services off base, which can be dangerous or impossible in many parts of the world. (source: Mother Jones)
This is beyond outrageous. And tragically, the problem is all too real. The military reported 471 rapes in 2011, and yet the true number might be much higher, given it’s estimated that only 13.5% of rapes and sexual assaults in the military are actually reported (source).
Send John Boehner and the Republican leadership a message: Tell them their actions are completely unacceptable.
Tell Boehner: "Stop Blocking Women's Health Care for Raped Soldiers"