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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007

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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007 -- (House of Representatives - May 10, 2006)

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Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Madam Chairman, American women have a constitutional right to choice as guaranteed by the right to privacy. However, our servicewomen and the wives and daughters of our servicemembers are denied this basic right when stationed at military installations overseas. This amendment guarantees that women who selflessly pledge to defend our Constitution at all costs are afforded the same rights that they fight to uphold.

Current law allows women stationed overseas to access abortion services on a military base only after an act of rape or incest or when her life is in danger. It is bad enough that victims of rape or incest have to pay for these procedures out of their own pocket. But as American women, it is unconscionable that they cannot access the same safe, clean and legal reproductive services available to women here the United States, even if they are paying for it themselves.

Are we really asking these brave and noble women, who are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, to relinquish the same rights that they fight so valiantly to uphold and defend?

I encourage my colleagues to stand with our servicewomen as they put their lives on the line. Lift the ban on privately funded abortions and support this amendment.

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