MARCH for Servicemembers Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), would repeal a Department of Defense law that currently restricts military medical facilities from being used for elective abortions. Dropping the federal policy would require military doctors to perform elective abortions for service members, and even for family members, which would be paid for by taxpayers.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says the bill demands military personnel participate in an abortion but many will refuse to do so and will be forced out.
“And that's a serious matter,” she insists. “It's more than a morale issue. It’s also a readiness issue and [Speier] should not be allowed to get this legislation."
A second issue is the high number of pregnancies in the U.S. armed forces. The issue of unintended pregnancies is a not-so-secret issue in the armed forces. It is also a readiness issue that Donnelly and CMR have documented for years because a pregnant F-18 pilot, or two of them, or five, affects readiness on a U.S. Navy carrier. That issue is why the Navy introduced a maternity flight suit last year.
A press release from Rep. Speier says the pregnancy rate is 22% higher among military women than civilians but the congresswoman has a solution for that problem: abortion.
“Abortion care isn’t a privilege,” Speier states. “It is standard health care essential to one’s ability to determine their own destiny.”
At the same time Democrats are pushing for abortions in the military, the U.S. Army is also flirting with a woke policy in which a soldier stationed in the red state of Texas could request a base transfer to a more abortion-friendly state, such as New York and California.
“They are bending over backwards to accommodate people of that point of view,” Donnelly complains. “On the other hand, patriotic, good military men and women are being forced out of the military because they have convictions about a vaccine that is very controversial.”