Pregnant soldiers in war zone won't be punished - Yahoo! News
The latest on the topic, it also briefly includes the decree that came out prior to it.
What struck this in my head is here..Gen. Raymond Odierno has drafted a broad new policy for the U.S. forces in Iraq that will take effect Jan. 1, and that order will not include a pregnancy provision that one of his subordinate commanders enacted last month, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.
Odierno's order comes about a week after the pregnancy policy issued by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo triggered a storm of criticism. Cucolo had issued a policy that would permit the punishment of soldiers who become pregnant and their sexual partners.
Forgive me if this sounds bitter, but my experience overseas was that I had no choice but to force my head to hold high against a storm of males telling me that I was incapable of anything aside administrative duties. It seems to me the military has always thought females the weaker sex, and their actions time and time again prove it.And he said the policy was intended to emphasize the problems created when pregnant soldiers go home and leave behind a weaker unit.
We're frequently blamed for "distracting" soldiers from their duties, and we're always being forced to hold ourselves to "higher standards" than humanity itself to compensate for human interactions and, for God's sake, what comes natural to human beings in general.
I believe that becoming pregnant might be a cowardly thing to do while overseas, and definitely takes away from the mission.. But. When you're condemned for even TALKING to the opposite sex too much, even if you maintain a professional relationship, how's a couple suppose to get the necessary birth control to prevent it?
Does this go back to the theory of whether parents allow their children to have contraceptives? Is it better to have them available, even if you don't approve? Would soldiers get in trouble for needing them, and acknowledging that they need them?
I'm still mulling the topic over in my mind. But I've never thought it right for humans being punished for doing what's human. The military has a strong way of disrespecting, and down right hating, females for everything they try to do, and then when topics like this come up, we're frequently to blame.