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Time To End 'Unfair Prohibition' on Peace Corps Abortion Coverage, NYT Editorial Argues

Time To End 'Unfair Prohibition' on Peace Corps Abortion Coverage, NYT Editorial Argues

June 16, 2014 — Women account for more than 60% of Peace Corps volunteers, "yet federal law does not allow abortion coverage in the volunteers' health care program, even in cases of rape or incest, or when a pregnancy endangers a woman's life," a New York Times editorial states.

"[L]awmakers should repeal this unfair prohibition" in the upcoming Peace Corps budget, the editorial argues, noting that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) recently reintroduced legislation "to accomplish that."

"Although it touches on the politically charged issue of abortion, the proposed change should not be controversial" because it would simply "extend to women in the Peace Corps the same coverage in cases of rape, incest and endangerment to life now afforded to other people who work for the federal government and to Medicaid recipients," the editorial explains.

"Women taking risks to advance the country's interests by serving in the Peace Corps should not be treated worse than other federal employees when it comes to insurance coverage," the editorial adds (New York Times, 6/13).