When I was in the US army in the ’70’s, if a woman got pregnant, she was thrown out of the service.
We had a little song about it (to the tune of Pretty Baby):
“If you’re nervous in the service, and you want to get a break, have a baby, have a baby.”
I don’t think I need to make further comment:
The Senate tabled a bipartisan amendment offered by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that would have restored reproductive health care services to women serving in the military overseas. The Murray-Snowe amendment was narrowly defeated by a vote of 50 to 49 during debate of the fiscal 2001 Defense Authorization bill (S. 2549). Current law prohibits female military personnel overseas from obtaining abortions with their own private funds in military hospitals. The abortion ban forces servicewomen and military dependents overseas to choose between seeking services at potentially substandard facilities or making a costly trip back to the U.S. It is estimated that more than 100,000 women – active servicewomen, spouses and dependents of military personnel – live on military bases overseas and rely on military hospitals for their reproductive health care.
The House defeated a similar amendment to its version of the defense bill last month.