Senate Democrats reportedly suggest bill requiring women to register for the draft

According to Yahoo News, a bill passed by Senate Democrats last week would require women to register for the draft after the Senate Act won 85-13.

Texas senator Ted Cruz responded to the bill as a “radical departure from American history.” He added, “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little or no sense.” However, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain responded to Cruz’s statement saying that including women in the draft is “simply fair” after the pentagon opened all roles for women in the U.S. military during former President Barack Obama’s 8 year term, although women are not allowed in Special Operation forces due to women not being able to meet the required standards.

Ria Tabacco Mar, the director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union stated, “Requiring only men to register for the draft reflects the outdated and sexist notion that women are less fit to serve in the event of an armed conflict.” She continued, “such stereotypes demean both men and women.”

The United States currently requires men that have the ability to serve to register once they turn 18 although there hasn’t been a need for a draft since the end of the Vietnam war. Now that the bill has been passed it will reportedly expand registration to all Americans and not just males. Today, more than 224,000 women serve on active duty (Politico).

“It’s insulting to suggest America’s mothers and wives and daughters couldn’t contribute, whether the need were rebuilding levees after a natural disaster or repelling an invasion from our shores,” Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, told the commission. “America’s daughters should be slotted into service as their physical and emotional suitability proves capable of,  just like America’s sons.”



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