Press Statement
Women’s Leader Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee for Advancing Legislation to Provide Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Who are Victims of Sexual Assault or Need Life-Saving Care

“The Senate Appropriations Committee took a welcome and long-overdue step today toward fair and equal treatment of women who volunteer to serve their country in the Peace Corps by advancing a bill that will give them the same abortion coverage as other women who get their health insurance from the federal government.

Peace Corps volunteers are one of the last groups of women without coverage of abortion care in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment, and that’s wrong. This glaring inequity also poses dangers, in particular because 62 percent of Peace Corps volunteers are women. There is absolutely no reason Peace Corps volunteers should not receive the same protections as other women who rely on the government for their coverage.

The Senate needs to stand up for female Peace Corps volunteers and pass this language unchanged.”

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