Senate Democrats on March 27 asked Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to “protect abortion” for U.S. military service members.
In a March 27 letter written by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and co-signed by most of the Senate Democrat caucus, Democrats suggested that women in the military having access to abortion was a matter of national security (pdf).
In 2022, the Supreme Court struck down the decades-long precedent of Roe v. Wade, which placed federal restrictions on states’ rights to regulate and ban abortion. In the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provided no right to abortion, and consequently returned the issue to the states for adjudication.
Subsequently, many state laws placing limits on abortion went into effect immediately, as many states had passed abortion laws in preparation for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Read more…