Military Pregnancies… Not from DuffelBlog

Not from DuffelBlog, but I wish it was:

“Time to curb unintended military pregnancies”

A new study in the February 2013 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that “eleven percent of [military] women reported an unintended pregnancy in the prior 12 months,” and that this trend grew worse from 2005 to 2008.

These findings, combined with the added knowledge that repeated studies have demonstrated low rates of contraception use by servicewomen of reproductive age, clearly delineate an area in need of focused attention by the Defense Department’s Military Health System.

Remedy of this situation is prudent, not only as a cost- saving measure, but more importantly as a policy of just and fair treatment of women. It’s especially relevant given the Pentagon‘s recent decision to open front-line combat posts to women.

God help us, but we’re losing sight of– or HAVE LOST sight of– why we have a military.

On a related note, for every idiot Army psychiatrist there are at least several thousand clear-thinking Marines. One of them has written an excellent letter to his local birdcage liner on women in combat.

Comments

  1. dnice says:

    The Military is nothing more than a playground for the Administration's social engineering experiments.

    • mdl says:

      Yep, well put.

      • VRMarine says:

        Has been for a long time too. Also, military is a playground for all sorts of other initiatives – green buildings, protection of various species, affirmative action, and every other "help someone" idea that comes down the pipe. A quick look at the acquisitions programs tells the entire story.

  2. Curly says:

    Now that the AFC requires coverage of birth control with to copay why don't the military make it a condition of service for these women to not get pregnant and to help in that require the birth control of choice except abortion for all the service women. The exception would be when they ask and get permission to get pregnant. The reason for specifying other than abortion is that prevention would be more economical than the cure.

    • MajW says:

      Many of us following this blog can recall the days when pregnancy was an automatic discharge….

  3. VMI Warrior says:

    I was watching "The Pacific" for the 1st time last night. The Guadalcanal scenes should be argument enough against putting women in combat units. Granted, it's a movie, but I was struck how similarly it was portrayed to how my HS history teacher, a USMC Guadalcanal vet, had described it. What was on the screen was exactly what my mind's eye had seen years ago in Mr. Ross's class, so I'm thinking it might be pretty accurate.

  4. DaveO says:

    Not about women in combat – it's about Federal recognition, funding, and practice of abortion. The one thing women care more about than "free" contraceptives is abortion on demand. The US Military has been the bulwark of defense against abortion on demand up to now.