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Access to Abortion
Last night the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve an amendment that would lift the long-standing prohibition on servicewomen and female military dependents from using their own money for abortion services at overseas military hospitals.
The New York Times reports on the anti-choice legislative strategy of requiring ultrasounds before women can receive abortion care. Twenty states have passed laws that require or encourage use of an ultrasound.
Salon reports that many OB-GYNs are blocked by their employers from providing abortion care.
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson used the line-item veto to restore funding for family planning services that the state legislature had cut.
Other News of Note
Last night the House of Representatives voted 234-194 on an amendment to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which bans gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military. Washington’s delegation voted along party lines, with all the Democrats voting to repeal the discriminatory policy, and all of the Republicans voting to keep it in place. Separately, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Conservative Senate candidate Dino Rossi said that “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ seems to have been working.”
An opinion piece in Newsweek argues that the Catholic Church’s excommunication of a nun who approved a life-saving abortion at a Catholic hospital is evidence of the church’s “attack” on women.