14 June 2016 - In January the Pentagon launched a pilot program that allowed U.S. troops to freeze their sperm and eggs before deployment.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter lauded it as a way that service members could preserve their reproductive cells in case they suffered catastrophic wounds or merely wanted to put off having children.
Now the program might be heading for a quick demise: On Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate voted 85-13 to approve a $602 billion military spending bill for 2017 that stripped funding for the program.
Washington state Democratic Sen. Patty Murray called it “a truly shameful mistake.”
Murray, a longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, tried twice to force a vote that would have restored $38 million in funding for the program. Both times her move was blocked by Arizona Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. read more>>>