Military Family Planning Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Today a pro-active, pro-family planning bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate. As we have reported regularly, sexual assault in the military is an increasingly dire problem, The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers Act would increase protections for those women who suffer assault, as well as ensure that ALL women servicemembers have equal access to preventive reproductive health care.

  • This bill would ensure women who are victims of sexual assault will have immediate access to emergency contraception in the ER without being required to report the incidence to their superiors. This EC in the ER provision is significant both because often women find themselves revictimized from the reporting process and because assault within the military can come from within the chain of command itself.
  • This bill would also give women serving in the military equal access to preventive family planning services as the rest of Americans by bringing the military’s health program in line with the contraceptive coverage guidelines required under the federal healthcare law — giving nearly 5 million women in the military and dependents access to contraceptives.
  • This bill would also mandate military physicians be educated on the specific and unique circumstances facing servicemembers so they are able to provide military service women with accurate information about the full range of FDA approved contraceptive drugs and devices as it applies to their lives.

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