For over 50 years, the Peace Corps has advanced the interests of the U.S. by working in developing countries to address needs in areas such as education, health, community development, agriculture, and the environment.Peace Corps volunteers provide an invaluable service, but face inherent risks to their safety when living and working abroad. Congress prohibits the Peace Corps from providing coverage for abortion services with no exceptions. The Peace Corps has acknowledged it is in the midst of grappling with a serious sexual assault problem, making the need for access even more compelling. No Peace Corps volunteer should face life endangerment because they cannot access a medical procedure that is safe and legal in America.
The late Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act (S. 813) to bring equitable medical care to Peace Corps volunteers and trainees consistent with other areas of federal law. President Obama included this technical fix in his FY 2014 budget and Senate Appropriators followed by including this language in the recently passed FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations funding bill. Will you take action? Tell your Senators and Representative to lift the ban on abortion coverage for women in the Peace Corps in cases of life, rape, and incest by cosponsoring the Peace Corps Equity Act and by supporting the inclusion of this fix in the FY 2014 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.
P.S. Are you a returned Peace Corps volunteer? Feel free to add a personal message to the editable box below!
Lift the Ban Denying Peace Corps Volunteers Coverage for Abortion Care
Dear [Decision Maker],
For more than 50 years, the Peace Corps has advanced interests of the U.S. by working in developing countries to address needs in areas such as education, health, youth and community development, business, communications technology, agriculture, and the environment. Peace Corps volunteers provide an invaluable service to our country and the countries with which we partner to foster peace and development. Since 1979, Congress has prohibited the Peace Corps from providing coverage for abortion services in their health care program with no exceptions, including in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. There is no rational basis for denying Peace Corps volunteers and trainees access to safe and legal abortion, the same benefit that is extended to federal employees--including the Peace Corps employees who work with these volunteers.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]