H.R. 5953 is a proposed piece of legislation designed to help meet the needs of women who have served the United States in the military by posting “Women Veterans Bill of Rights” signs in Veterans Affairs offices. It includes a provision that will hopefully improve female veterans’ awareness of their ability to access health care. A few days ago, the National Right to Life Committee was concerned that this language was vague enough to cover abortion. I’m happy to report that the language has been revised, so that abortion is excluded (among other things that were apparently raised by unrelated interest groups, like spa treatment).
But since, as everyone knows, pro-life groups hate women, especially women who would dare to be so brazenly feminist as to join the armed forces, pro-life members of Congress are urging a no v– oh, sorry? Just kidding. Pro-life leaders stated that they had no objections, and the bill passed the House that same day.
That still leaves the Senate. It is expected to pass there without any changes; the real obstacle is not opposition to the merits of the legislation, but simply time, as the lame-duck Congress is scrambling to pass many other bills. To contact your Senator about the Women Veterans Bill of Rights law, click here.