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Restrictions on Women in the Military's Access to Abortion

Under federal law, no funds made available to the Department of Defense (DoD) may be used for abortion, except when a woman's life is in danger.  Federal law also states that women in the military (and military dependents) cannot receive abortion services at Department of Defense medical facilities (including military facilities overseas) - even if the procedure is entirely paid for with a woman's own funds.  The only exceptions to this restriction are if the life of the woman would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term, or if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.  10 U.S.C.A. § 1093 (Enacted 1984).

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