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In taking a break from my last final, I was reading my local news. There was an article in regards to Military health insurance and what it would cover as far as abortions. Apparently, it won't realy cover much.

The woman in question was told by two doctors that her child suffered a fatal birth defect. I surmise that both doctors recommended terminating the pregnancy. To quote:

The case concerns Jane Doe, whose real identify has been concealed, who had an abortion five months into her pregnancy when doctors said her baby would probably only survive two months.

Tests in 2002 showed the baby had anencephaly, a defect that causes a fetus to develop without a forebrain, cerebellum or cranium. An ultrasound at the University of Washington Medical Center confirmed the diagnosis.

Coverage for the abortion was denied, so she sued, claiming an armed forces health plan then known as Civilian Health and Medical Program for the Uniformed Services, now known as TRICARE, owed her $3,000 for the procedure.

The full article is here.

It's interesting to me because this is not a case of a teenager terminating an unwanted pregnancy. This is a case of an adult, who's child has a profound problem, and would not survive. She was denied coverage.

What do you think?

No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?

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I fully expect the military to deny coverage for abortion, because that's just what this government likes to do. However it's a ridiculous decision; covering the cost of prenatal care, delivery, and NICU for the sick baby after it is born would have cost at least tenfold the amount of the abortion, not to mention put the soldier out of commission for who knows how long. This government in unwilling to sacrifice conservative morals for practicality.
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Sadly, and in line with what morgan just said, something like this is entirly indicative of the sort of situations which occur when the actual welfare and health of women and children take a back seat -- as they often do -- to dogma and control.
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