US Coast Guard to Pay for Abortion Travel

The U.S. Coast Guard informed its members that the military service will give administrative absence and convalescent leave from duty stations for abortions, including travel allowances.

A March 1 ALCOAST bulletin obtained by CatholicVote states that service members may be granted an administrative absence of up to 21 days from their duty station “to receive, or to accompany a dual-military spouse or a dependent who receives, non-covered reproductive health care without loss of pay or earned leave.”

The Coast Guard information gateway defines “non-covered reproductive healthcare” as including medical and surgical abortions as well as assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as egg retrieval, sperm collection, and in-vitro fertilization “processing.”

TRICARE, the health program for active duty and reserve Coast Guard members, retirees, and their families, already covered abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and “where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.” (Read More Here)