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Military to scrap pregnancy punishment
The U.S. military in Iraq will scrap a policy early next year that has led to the punishment of some soldiers serving in Iraq for becoming pregnant, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said on Thursday.
General Ray Odierno said the new, Iraq-wide guidelines would take effect beginning January 1, lifting rules enacted by the U.S. commander in northern Iraq, who reports to Odierno, that laid out possible punishments for pregnancy among his soldiers.
The policy had been criticized by some women's advocates and on Tuesday four U.S. senators wrote to the secretary of the U.S. Army asking that it be rescinded.
I can hardly think of a more idiotic statement as this:
"We can think of no greater deterrent to women contemplating a military career than the image of a pregnant woman being severely punished simply for conceiving a child," the senators wrote to Cucolo today. "This defies comprehension. As such, we urge you to immediately recind this policy."
The letter was signed by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Everyone with a brain predicted this outcome a generation ago, now it has come to fruition.
Feminist have been accusing men of "just not getting it." Well, now we get it. National security and combat readiness are not as important as some Marxist political agenda.
[edit on 2009/12/24 by GradyPhilpott]
Originally posted by Selahobed
You guys should appreciate us more... Do you think we like to see our fellow countrymen with limbs blown off? Do you think we dont get affected by the fact that the dead have wives and kids? Do you even realise that in a hot extraction with bullets and bombs flying around that who is treating you is i a woman? or a part of the team?...
we have shared all of the same sh&t as you.. And have carried you under fire... When are we going to win your respect???
I myself have killed for you!! With a 9mm.. Me a freakin woman! To mend people... Then people whinge when we get preggars coz we need some comfort in the worst circumstances imaginable... Like when a guy had died and his bro in the same unit was injured too... I held him all night... Not because its my job but because i am a woman.. An english woman at that!! That was along time ago but the premise still stands... We love you guys.. Please dont die....