Remember when that jizzcrisper Joe Walsh declared that "life of the mother" is just an excuse to provide "anytime, for any reason" abortions? Remember when he said technological advances mean women don't die because they're pregnant?
Yeah. Mr. Walsh should read up on Savita Halappanavar. She died because she was was miscarrying, but the fetus still had a heartbeat. So after days of agony, knowing she was losing her baby on top of the physical pain, she died. This could have happened here. Hell, it probably has happened here when a woman chose not to have a life-saving emergency abortion. And if religious (read: Catholic) hospitals are allowed to refuse both to perform an emergency, life-saving abortion and to refer a woman to a hospital that will save her life? Yeah, expect to see a few Savitas here, too.
So what does all this abortion wangst have to do with the military?
Tricare won't cover the cost of a non-emergent abortion. Not even aborting due to fetal abnormalities or selective reduction are covered (but dudes are welcome to all the penis pumps and Vitamin-V they can get their hands on, of course! as long as their issues aren't psychological...). So, ensure the sexual health of a dude? CHECK! Ensure the sexual health of a chick or, say, her fetus(es)? FUCK THE SLUTS AND THEIR OFFSPRING!
In related news, civilian employees of the federal government have insurance which covers abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. Service members? No. Unless Senator Shaheen gets her way. I wonder if service members' penis pumps are covered....
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