U.S. Army to Female Soldiers: Don’t Get Pregnant
Soldiers serving in northern Iraq will face possible jail time if they become pregnant or are responsible for impregnating another.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
If you are in the Army and serving in northern Iraq, don’t even think about becoming pregnant. That’s the order from the Army General commander whose new policy, which went to effect in November, makes it possible for any soldier who becomes pregnant or impregnates another soldier in Iraq to face a court-martial and possible jail-time.
The rule, which is applicable to “all United States military personnel, and to all civilians, serving with, employed by, or accompanying” the military in northern Iraq, includes married couples who are serving together as well, said Army spokesman Maj. Lee Peters.
“When a soldier becomes pregnant or causes a soldier to become pregnant through consensual activity,” Peters said, “the redeployment of the pregnant soldier creates a void in the unit and has a negative impact on the unit’s ability to accomplish its mission. Another soldier must assume the pregnant soldier’s responsibilities.”
Although no one has so far been accused or punished under the new rule, the policy brings up “a mare’s nest of legal, ethical and policy issues” said Eugene Fidell, a professor of military law at Yale Law School. (Stars and Stripes)