Saturday, December 19, 2009

I heard this one on NPR today...Major General Anthony Cucolo, has banned pregnancy (being and making ) among military personnel in his command.

Some have said a number of the problems we face in the world are due to overpopulation. While China has a one-child policy, parents can buy their way out of it. Here's a pregnancy ban with teeth, however.

The Army general of U.S. forces in Northern Iraq, Major General Anthony Cucolo, has banned pregnancyamong military personnel in his command. A court-martial and jail time could be faced anyone who becomes pregnant or impregnates another service member. That includes married couples, according to the order.

The order went into effect on Nov. 4th. It was first reported by the military publication Stars and Stripes.

Col. David Thompson, the inspector general for all soldiers in Iraq stated that to this point, no one has been prosecuted under the order. In fact, no one has even accused under the policy.

The order, officials state, is because of Army policy which requires a pregnant soldier to be removed from a war zone within 14 days of learning of the pregnancy. It creates a hole in the unit, which makes it difficult to complete its mission.

Despite what some might assume, there's nothing wrong with the order, per se. According to Thompson, who was interviewed by Stars and Strikes, “It is a lawful order." At the same time, Thompson told the publication that it’s the first time he can recall pregnancy being prohibited.

Written by Michael Santo

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