Coming Next Week... DADT, And Abortion In Military Hospitals

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Sep 14, 2010 12:42 PM
The Senate will vote on a Department of Defense Authorization Bill next week that includes a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as an amendment that would allow abortions in military hospitals. The abortions amendment was lopped on last-minute in the Senate Armed Services Committee - an entity pretty far removed from the health care field where this issue belongs.

Abortions were prohibited in military hospitals in the 1990's, and their re-institution would come with the caveat that women would have to pay for the procedures themselves. In other words: no government funding. Still, it's going to cause consternation among anti-abortion groups.

Recall that Secretary Robert Gates supports the DADT repeal, but only after the military has had time to implement the changes over a period of time -- giving the institution time to adjust. The Congressional mandate would throw all of that out of the window.