The US is reportedly planning on forcing teenage girls to register for a military draft.
Due to arguments over gender equality, the Senate Armed Services Committee has removed the word ‘male’ from the 1948 Military Selective Service Act.
The move has been slammed by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, as he argues it goes against free will.
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In a tweet, he stated: “I opposed this amendment in the committee, and I’ll work to remove it before the defence bill passes.”
He added: “Our military has welcomed women for decades and is stronger for it. But America’s daughters shouldn’t be drafted against their will.”
However, the director of women’s rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, Ria Tabacco Mar, has argued that it’s about time it happened, as it’s an ‘outmoded view’ that it should be just men who are drafted.
She said: “The requirement that only men, but not women, register for the draft is one of the last examples of overt sex discrimination written into our federal law. Like many laws that appear to benefit women, men-only registration actually impedes women’s full participation in civic life.
“It reflects an outmoded view that, in the event of a draft, women’s primary duty would be to the home front.”
In 2013, the US military lifted a ban on women serving in combat roles and following this, National Commission on Military, National and Public Service conducted a study on whether or not a draft for females should be put in place.
It was argued that it’s ‘a necessary and fair step’ to include women, as it would ‘make it possible to draw on the talent of a unified nation in a time of national emergency’.
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