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War zone pregnancy punishments being dropped

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - A new order by the top U.S. commander in Iraq will undo a new military policy that added pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier could be disciplined in a war zone.

Gen. Raymond Odierno's draft policy for U.S. forces in Iraq will take effect Jan. 1. The U.S. military command in Iraq says it will not include the pregnancy provision that one of Odierno's subordinate commanders enacted last month.

The pregnancy policy would have allowed soldiers who become pregnant and their sexual partners to be punished. That triggered a storm of criticism.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo issued the orders. In a conference call with reporters earlier this week, he said the policy was intended to emphasize the problems created when pregnant soldiers go home and leave behind a weaker unit. Cucolo said he would never actually try to jail someone over the pregnancy provision.

Online News Director Nate Leding


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