Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Reproductive Health Information for Veterans Act, which would ensure the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides veterans with comprehensive information about reproductive health care and services.
“Currently, veterans enrolled in VA healthcare are eligible to receive an array of reproductive health care services, including pap smears, breast examinations and mammography, contraception, and preconception counseling, but they are unable to receive other important healthcare information, such as counseling on abortion,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “VA’s decision to withhold such counseling from veterans imposes a discriminatory barrier to veterans’ healthcare and increases out-of-pocket costs for veterans, who must seek comprehensive reproductive healthcare services elsewhere at their own expense. That is why I introduced the Reproductive Health Information for Veterans Act, which will ensure that VA provides veterans with comprehensive health care information without exception, including for veterans who request abortion counseling.”
Read more about the bill here.