Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California proposed Tuesday in the House of Representatives that 128 U.S. military bases in states with abortion restrictions should be relocated to other states.
Speier spoke before a color-coded map of the United States showing which states took action to restrict or ban abortion after the Supreme Court ruled in June in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that Roe v. Wade was repealed.
She sponsored the Access to Reproductive Care for Servicemembers Act, a bill she and Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado introduced that would “codify and expand access to abortion care for U.S. service members,” according to Tuesday’s press release.
In her argument on the House floor, Speier said that under the new law, the Department of Defense would be required to “pay for all travel expenses related to an abortion and to ensure that military members can take time off to care for them.”
The congresswoman said her office has been “inundated with contacts from former and current military personnel who are concerned and discouraged about being stationed in so-called ‘forced pregnancy states,'” according to a House transcript.
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Speier argued that abortion bans would exacerbate the military’s current personnel problems and “worse” recruitment and retention problems.
“Part of me says we have 128 bases and facilities in these red states, in these states that ban abortion,” she said. “Maybe we should just move these bases.”
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA): “We have 128 military bases in the Red States that ban abortion. Maybe we should just move those bases.” pic.twitter.com/hXv94AbOyd
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The congresswoman paused for a moment before continuing, “Well, that’s very unlikely because we’ve invested so much, but the only question is, what are we really doing when we treat these servicewomen so badly?”
C-SPAN captured the full speech by Congressmen beginning just before the 3 hour mark:
An interim rule filed Sept. 1 by the Department of Veterans Affairs with the federal registry would allow the VA “to provide access to abortions when the life or health of the pregnant veteran would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest,” reads a VA press release.
In a June 28 memo following the Dobbs ruling, Undersecretary of Defense Gilbert Cisneros said the ruling would have “significant implications” for “troop preparedness.”
However, he wrote: “The Supreme Court decision does not bar the department from continuing to perform undercover abortions, consistent with federal law. This care will not be interrupted.”
Cisnero’s remark about readiness caught the attention of GOP senators, who wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in July asking for concrete evidence to back up that claim.
In her press release with Crow, Speier said, “Access to abortion should be a right, not a privilege. However, a recent study estimates that 40 percent of military personnel where they are stationed will have no or severely restricted access to abortion services — something over which they have no control. The consequences of denial of supplies will be catastrophic, as will the threat to our military readiness, recruitment, morale and unit cohesion.
“For Soldiers who have to travel for an abortion, the expected cost is $1,100 or more, which is almost half the monthly salary of a typical junior soldier. The least we can do is reimburse service members for their travel expenses and ensure their leave request is approved without retaliation.”
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