New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen has made it her mission to ensure that women in the military have the same access to abortion as do all other women with federal health care policies. The Hyde Amendment limits government funding of abortions only to cases of rape or incest, or when a woman's life or health is in jeopardy, but for those in the military the restrictions are even greater. Only in the case where a woman's health is in jeopardy can a pregnancy be terminated.
The Shaheen Amendment would change that, and has been slowly working its way through Congress since 2011. Military personnel have already thrown their support behind the bill, and now she is receiving bipartisan support in the Senate as well, including from her state's other senator.