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Three-Star General Targets Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:56am
This week we let you know about an exciting new ad campaign created by a coalition of retired military leaders and veterans – Stand With Servicewomen. The ads target the unfair ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services if they become pregnant as the result of rape.
 
Today, the second ad, “Honor” featuring Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, a three-star general and 31-year Army veteran, premiered. In the 30-second spot, Lt. Gen Gard strongly advocates for lifting the ban on behalf of our nation’s servicewomen saying, “Over 250,000 women have served our country with honor and courage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, our servicewomen are denied coverage for abortion even if they’re raped. We have an obligation to provide military women with the care their service to our country demands. Women in the military deserve better care. Period.”
 
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 Stand With Servicewomen is working to reverse the abortion coverage ban by supporting the Shaheen Amendment, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would repeal the ban on abortion care coverage for servicewomen who have been raped. The amendment was adopted by the Senate Armed Services Committee in a bipartisan vote earlier this year.
 
Honor” and “Denied” are scheduled to run in rotation throughout June in the greater Washington D.C. area. They can be viewed at www.standwithservicewomen.org, along with videos, blogs and news featuring former and retired military leaders.
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