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I’m writing in regard to "U.S. personnel in Iraq could face court-martial for getting pregnant" (article, Web, Dec. 19).

I read many of the responses about the article to see if others felt the way I was feeling about it. To my surprise, it was an even battle. I was troubled at some of the responses.

Who’s to say when and where you are allowed to bring life into this world? In my military experience, which lasted a little over four years on active duty, I spent two years deployed. In that two years, I know of five female soldiers who left "combat" due to pregnancy. Of those, four were married and allowed to live with their spouse. There was one who was not married, but where do you decide to draw the line on that issue?

Deployment orders are set about four to six months before the unit actually deploys. In that time, there are soldiers who do get pregnant. Would the same action be taken on them, because, technically, they are already on orders to deploy. Should we consider the soldiers leaving the battlefield for injuries that are noncombat-related potentially subject to court-martial also? So what now, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III, where do you draw your line?

Sgt. Andrea SarckeesFort Hood, Texas


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