I became aware of this organization just today.
No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.
No member of the military may be compelled to curtail – except in the most limited of military circumstances and when it directly impacts military discipline, morale and the successful completion of a specific military goal – the free exercise of their religious practices or beliefs.
Students at United States military academies are entitled to the same Constitutional rights pertaining to religious freedoms and the free exercise of those freedoms to which all other members of the United States Armed Forces military are entitled.
No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called “unchurched” cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.
It is the responsibility of the military hierarchy to ensure that the free exercise of religious freedoms of all enlisted personnel are respected and served.
All military personnel have the right to employ appropriate judicial means to protect their religious rights.
Not surprising that the military is again letting the women in it down...
Group of 249 Military Women in Fear of Retribution Should They Seek Abortions or Contraception Become MRFF Clients
"We fully attribute this destruction of our basic human rights as women to such reproductive health care to the current climate of extremist Christian religious views. These misogynistic religious views permeate not only the Dept. of Defense and the Dept. of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) but our nation as a whole."
With the rate of unintended pregnancies being even higher among women in the military than in the civilian population, partly due to the staggeringly high rate of sexual assault in the military, the effect of this Supreme Calamity on military women, and the military itself, will be incalculable.
What action is the Department of Defense taking?
On Friday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin issued a statement saying:
“Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce and DOD families. I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force. The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law.”
Then, yesterday, it was reported that military medical facilities will continue to provide abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s life is in danger, regardless of any state laws in the state where the military facility is located.
While it’s good that the Department of Defense (DoD) will continue access to abortions services for military women under these circumstances, that still leaves all the military women seeking abortions for other reasons in the same situation as civilian women, having to travel to another state where abortion is still legal, with the enormous difference that a woman in the military can’t just up and travel to a different state.