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Overseas and Under Siege: Why Congress Needs to Amend 10 U.S.C. 1093 and Provide Overseas Servicewomen with the Same Reproductive Rights that Civilian Women Enjoy

Author: 
Emily Brailey, JD 2012

Abstract:
This seminar paper explores the U.S. Military’s position regarding abortion procedures. It focuses on the 2012 Shaheen Amendment that seeks to extend federal funding to allow overseas military facilities to provide abortion in cases of rape or incest. The paper argues that, although similar amendments have failed to pass through Congress in the past, now is a peculiarly perfect time to pass this amendment. This is because society’s view towards reproductive rights seems to have liberalized after the 2012 reelection of President Obama and affords Congress an opportunity to allow military women to enjoy equal rights to those of the civilians whom they protect.

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