Friday, July 09, 2010

Abortions in the Military

The biggest political war over abortion since the passage of the health care overhaul is now being waged in a national defense bill.  In the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011 (S. 3454), it has been proposed to allow abortions in military hospitals.  According to the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, the current law is this: “…the United States government bans (1) the use of Department of Defense funds for the performance of abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger and (2) the performance of abortions no matter what the source of funding at any United States military hospital or other medical facility except where the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.”

Now, of course I am opposed to the “exceptions” they have inserted into the language, but having this law currently in place is much better than having no law against military hospital abortions at all.  This law has been in place since 1988 (barring the couple of years that President Clinton reversed it in the 1990’s) and has no doubt saved many innocent unborn lives.  But of course, the liberals are at it again and are screeching about how women in the military are being denied “basic care.”

For one, the military is not being treated in an exceptional manner.  As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) said in a letter to the Senate, “Other federal health facilities also may not be used for elective abortions, and many states have their own laws against use of public facilities for abortions.  The vast majority of public and private hospitals in the United States do not provide elective abortions, and 88% of U.S. counties (97% of non-metropolitan counties) have no identifiable abortion provider.”

Another thought that I’ve personally had is this: the military life is already stressful and traumatic.  Many soldiers have issues with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and this disorder has also been proven to be a plague to women (and men) who deal with the after-effects of abortion.  If we allow and encourage abortions in military hospitals, then not only are we allowing the killing of innocents, we are also doing a grave disservice to our servicewomen by allowing them to kill their children and risk PTSD from a non-combative source.

What is also very disturbing and extremely saddening is how Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, hijacked the July 4th holiday to promote abortion.  In a letter on the Planned Parenthood website, Ms. Richards said this:

“Will Congress stand up for women in uniform when it counts?  Right now, women serving abroad in the U.S. military are denied the basic freedom to make their own medical decisions, because abortion is banned at military hospitals and bases.  More than 100,000 women, including active service members and spouses and dependents of military personnel, live on military bases overseas and rely on military hospitals for their health care.  A servicewoman who becomes pregnant while serving with our forces in Iraq or Afghanistan is required to venture out to a local medical facility – seeking abortion care likely to be unsafe or altogether unavailable – or return to the US, leaving her mission and her career behind.  This is an outrageous injustice to women who sacrifice so much, and it’s time for a change.”

Taking the lives of innocent unborn children is so extremely opposite to what our military is called to do: to defend the lives of Americans.  This is just another sickening opportunity for the liberals in Washington and for Planned Parenthood to infiltrate our country with the evils of abortion, at the taxpayers’ expense to boot.  They present their case under the guise of “freedom” and then enslave their clients (the pregnant women) by killing their children, which is a choice they can never revoke.  It is time to speak out against abortion in the military, and everywhere for that matter.  We will not let the bureaucrats get away with this without a fight.

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