House Rejects Repeal of Military Abortion Ban
The House has voted 224-296 against the repeal of a ban on abortions at military hospitals overseas. The repeal was part of an amendment to a defense spending bill marking the second straight year a repeal has been rejected. Based on the assumption that women have access to private medical facilities overseas, abortions are prohibited at domestic military hospitals. Noting that women are not assured of having access to safe, legal alternatives, Rep. Ron Dellums, (D-CA) said, "We should not deprive these women of the very rights they are assigned to protect when we send them overseas."
Media Resources: The Associated Press - June 19, 1997; USA Today - June 20, 1997