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Military dumping policy to punish pregnant service members

I knew this policy was doomed once I saw an interview with Gen. Honore on CNN  and the subject of ordering troops not to have sex came up, and there was all sorts of backflips to say how that wasn’t possible and it would violate civil rights. WHa? I thought the whole issue was that you enlist and you only have the rights the military allows you to have. (Think Progress):

As of Nov. 4, active-duty soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo – who is responsible for operations in northern Iraq – have faced possible punishment if they either become pregnant or impregnate a fellow servicemember.

…Reuters reports that Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General Multi-National Force in Iraq, said today that he would be lifting Cucolo’s rules:

   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. […]

   “That will not be in my orders from January 1,” Odierno told Reuters on the sidelines of a seminar in Baghdad, responding to a question about whether possible punishment for soldiers who become pregnant or impregnate other soldiers would be part of new, Iraq-wide guidelines Odierno plans to issue shortly.

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