Friday, December 19, 2014

Spending Measure Allows Abortion Coverage For Peace Corps Volunteers

The $1.1 trillion spending bill included a provision that allows federal abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers, which has been barred since 1979. 

by Josh Hicks, The Washington Post: (Excerpts) Congress and President Obama this week halted a 35-year ban on federal abortion assistance for Peace Corps volunteers with their approval of a government-wide spending bill.

The legislation extends abortion coverage to Peace Corps volunteers in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, giving them the same assistance the government provides for federal prisoners, female troops, women on Medicaid, and much of the federal workforce, including paid Peace Corps employees.

The bill’s passage quietly ended a battle over abortion coverage that started more than a year ago, when the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) proposed legislation to the same effect.

. . . Antiabortion groups have opposed efforts to lift the ban. Americans United for Life has suggested that the Obama administration was trying to expand abortion services and should instead focus on doing a better job of protecting Peace Corps volunteers.

MORE: Women’s health groups want Peace Corps volunteers to have insurance coverage for abortions. . . .

Ironically, the Peace Corps abortion ban came about through a rider attached to the Peace Corps’ annual appropriations bill in 1979. That means the restriction started and ended with language that lawmakers inserted into funding bills.

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