Franken wants "morning-after" pill available for military women

Fresh on the heels of an amendment that made some of his Republican colleagues look like they were pro-rape, Sen. Al Franken is co-authoring legislation that would make it much easier for women in the military to obtain emergency contraceptive pills, sometimes known as "morning-after" pills -- a touchstone in the culture wars surrounding womens' reproductive rights.

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, A Republican, is Franken's co-author.

The Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act would add emergency contraceptives to the core list of medications that must be stocked by every military health care facility, the Air Force Times reported. Franken says that while the pills are more widely available to women on domestic posts, the same is not true of women stationed overseas.

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