Study: Female servicemembers' health, careers burdened by military’s abortion policy

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Study: Female servicemembers' health, careers burdened by military’s abortion policy

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 16, 2017

The U.S. military’s restrictive abortion policy has had negative effects on female servicemembers' health, careers, finances and emotional well-being, according to a study released this week.

The study — published Wednesday in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health — conducted in-depth interviews in 2015 and 2016 with 21 women who had abortions while on active duty within the previous two years. The women, both officers and enlisted personnel, ranged from ages 19 to 34 and were in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Federal law allows military medical facilities to provide abortions only in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger. Tricare, the military’s health program for servicemembers and their families, covers abortions only for those same circumstances.

“Many of the women we spoke with had expected that the military would provide abortion care or at least counseling and had been surprised — and in some cases angered — when they were turned away,” said Kate Grindlay, co-author of the study and a researcher at Ibis Reproductive Health in Cambridge, Mass.

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