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About 350,000 women currently serve in the U.S. military, making up almost 15 percent of all active-duty personnel. But federal law does little to protect their reproductive rights. Not only are servicewomen banned from accessing abortion care at military medical facilities, many can't even obtain emergency contraception at their base pharmacy.
Timely access to emergency contraception is important for military women, especially since nearly 3,000 incidents of sexual assault were reported in the military last year – an approximate 24 percent increase from 2005.
Congress has an opportunity to improve health care for women in the military with a bill sponsored by lawmakers in both parties and on both sides of the choice issue, supporting the addition of Plan B to the list of medications that must be stocked at every military health-care facility.
A vote could take place this week and the vote is going to be very close.
Take action today to defend the rights of those who defend us by telling Congress to pass the Compassionate Care for Servicewoman Act.
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