Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

Proposal requires leave for soldiers seeking abortion in states that may ban the procedure if Roe v. Wade is overturned

By: - June 24, 2022 6:15 am

Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend the U.S. Army’s annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Currently, military health care covers abortions only if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if carrying the pregnancy to term would put the patient’s life at risk. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.