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DoD to Make Emergency Contraception Available to Women Soldiers

In a giant win for women’s reproductive rights, the Department of Defense has just announced that women soldiers serving overseas will have access to emergency contraception.

EC, or ‘the morning after pill’ is not stocked in the health facilities of overseas military bases thanks to the efforts of conservative lawmakers in Congress. The Bush Administration also did their part to ensure that women serving their country overseas were at higher risk for unwanted pregnancy following sex or sexual assault; Bush appointees scrapped similar recommendations by the DoD in 2002.