The Army general of U.S. forces in Northern Iraq has banned pregnancy among military personnel in his command, NBC News reported on Friday.
Anyone who becomes pregnant or impregnates another servicemember, including married couples assigned to the same unit, could face a court-martial and jail time, according to an order issued by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo. msnbc
Major General Cucolo:
I have female soldiers in absolutely critical specialties and becoming pregnant takes them out of the fight. And so that’s my message to the females – think before you do something, because I need you. And for the males, if you take one of my soldiers out of the fight, well, there are consequences for that too.
I wonder if you get a buy if you agree to have an abortion? If this strategy proves successful, Cucolo should patent it and sell it to parents of teens.
Trivial fact? —
At any given time, about 12% of the 130,000 U.S. military women are with child. TIME
Who knew the US was still fighting in Iraq?
A U.S. commander in northern Iraq does not expect to order a court martial for soldiers who become pregnant, but has not rolled back a controversial new policy on pregnancy, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
A new directive from Major General Tony Cucolo, who commands U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, sets out possible punishments from reprimand to court martial for prohibited behaviour, including drinking alcohol, taking drugs or becoming pregnant.
The policy has been criticized by some women’s advocates and on Tuesday four U.S. senators wrote to the secretary of the U.S. Army on Tuesday asking that it be rescinded.
“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,” Senator Barbara Boxer and others wrote. [more]