By Jaycie Doerr, Editor-in-Chief
In light of the atrocious news of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many different states have reacted differently to the news. Blue states have become safe havens for abortion seekers, while red states have put laws in place that heavily restrict or flat-out ban abortions.
As we wait for the federal government to codify abortion access, the Secretary of Defense announces a plan to help service members access abortions.
In his memo released from the Pentagon, Llyod Austin explained that because service members move so much for their work, where they are sent should not restrict their access to abortion rights. The program allows service members to be reimbursed for the travel and time off they will have to take to access abortions.
While in the past, the federal government has upheld Supreme Court decisions, this is the first time in history that so many departments have been standing up to the conservative-ruled court. This appears to be a step forward in the codification of Roe v. Wade into federal law.
Not only that, but it is a strong stance for women’s rights. By taking a stand in their new program, the Department of Defense is boldly taking a stand in protecting our servicewomen. Abortion is healthcare, and those serving our country now have assurance to that healthcare no matter wher they are stationed.