What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Insure that Women Soldiers Have Access to Abortions When Stationed Overseas.
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Insure that Women Soldiers Have Access to Abortions When Stationed Overseas.
house Roll Call 153     May 09, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Every year, Congress must authorize the wide range of military programs, making whatever changes they deem necessary. Sanchez (D-CA) proposed an amendment to the Republican version of this authorization that explicitly permitted abortions in U.S. military facilities overseas, so long as a doctor agreed to the procedure and the patient paid for it herself. Progressives supported this amendment as a sensible change that pertained to a constitutionally-protected activity. But most Republicans disliked the notion of abortions at all, let alone in U.S. military clinics, and they voted "no" on the measure. Their votes were enough to kill it: the amendment was rejected 202-215.

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