Military Abortions


Background: Current law governing abortion in the military has two restrictions: one on the use of funds, the other on the use of facilities (10 USC 1093). Funds may not be used to pay for abortions, except to save the life of the mother. Facilities may not be used to perform abortions, except to save the life of the mother and in cases of rape or incest.

House: During consideration of the Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5122), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) offered an amendment that would have allowed privately funded abortions to be performed at military facilities for any reason. During floor debate, Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) offered the amendment on behalf of Rep. Davis. On May 10, 2006, the House defeated the Davis amendment, 191-yes, 237-no, 4-not voting (Roll Call 136).

Congress has rejected this type of amendment since 1995.