Females may be included in the Selective Service and qualify for a potential draft should one be ordered by the president, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The U.S. military’s civilian leader lamented that he didn’t know who ran the Selective Service, but whoever does will “have to exercise some judgment based on what we just did,” Panetta said at a Pentagon press conference on January 24,2013. On last Thursday, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lifted the official ban on women serving in combat roles, removing gender barriers from jobs in the military. However, this new position can place women in the draft.
Congress established the U.S. Selective Service as an independent federal agency in 1940, one year ahead of the start of World War II. Presidents had drafted men in previous wars, but this was the first time it was established in peace time. In America’s history, the military has never drafted a woman or ordered her to register for the Selective Service. That could change as the service leaders determine how to institute the new policy of allowing women to serve in combat arms specialties. In doing so, it may force Congress or the president to include women or scrap the Selective Service.
My question to my followers “What are your thoughts of women being on the frontline in a military campaign?”
Today marks the anniversary of the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion, Roe v. Wade. Here’s some history of the court’s decision:
Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women’s health. Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the trimester of pregnancy.
Norma Leah McCorvey, better known by the legal pseudonym “Jane Roe”
Henry Wade, as Dallas County District Attorney
In 2011, 92 abortion restrictions were passed in 24 states and in 2012, 19 states enacted 43 provisions restricting access to abortion services. So as we “celebrate” (and I use the term hesitantly) the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, does anyone know where one can obtain an abortion in a timely fashion without mortgaging their house?
In a perfect world there would be no need for abortions, women would not be sexually assaulted, and children would have no need to fear their own family members. But that isn’t the world we live in. We must protect those who are vulnerable and we must put an end to all types of violence. So forty years later, the struggle to preserve access to abortion is even more daunting than the fight to legalize it was.
Love to hear your thoughts on this controversial issue.
I read Mrs. Brown’s post regarding Rizana Nafeek, the 24 year old, Sri Lankan maid who was executed by the Saudi Arabia government after being accused of the killing of her employers’ infant 7 years ago. From what I’ve read about this case, its tragedy all around. To start the entire episode of Nafeek is sad. To start, Ms. Nafeek was sent to Saudi Arabia on false documents by employment agents to work as a domestic assistant, though she was under age. She was sentenced to death in 2005, despite having no access to a lawyer, after her employer’s four-month-old daughter was found dead in unexplained circumstances. Additionally, Nafeek spoke no Arabic, was reported to have initially “confessed” to the murder during interrogation, but has since retracted her statement, arguing it was made under duress following a physical assault. She said the baby died after choking while drinking from a bottle. Furthermore, only three countries execute individuals for crimes committed when minors: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iran. Sixty-nine executions were carried out in Saudi Arabia last year, the third-highest number of executions worldwide. Millions of migrants from Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries work in menial jobs in Saudi Arabia where they can earn much higher salaries than in similar jobs at home, though there are many reported cases of abuse. Such a travesty for both families.
Is this an infringement of our Second Amendment rights or is this a just action of our American leadership. Since there is no magic wand that police and psychiatrists could use to catch and treat the next unstable mass shooter before the next massacre. Of course there isn’t. However, we are getting more information of the, dare I say culprits, who commit these horrific mass slaughter. William Spengler in Webster, Adam Lanza in Newtown, James Holmes in Aurora, Jared Loughner in Tucson, from what we’ve been told, all displayed clear signs of imbalance, at least by their deeds. Policymakers and the public must guard against remedies that unfairly target the mentally ill, circumscribe their civil liberties, aggravate the stigma that could prevent them from getting help and deny the resources to keep them — and everyone else — safe.
New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced a “Fix Gun Checks” bill extending scrutiny to virtually all gun purchasers and barring those ordered to receive treatment for mental illness. It deserves to become law.
New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, seen here Jan. 4 on Capitol Hill, have proposed legislation further restricting access to firearms by people with mental illness
Here’s a definition of mental illness: A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development of a person’s culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context. The recognition and understanding of mental health conditions have changed over time and across cultures and there are still variations in definition, assessment and classification, although standard guideline criteria are widely used. In many cases, there appears to be a continuum between mental health and mental illness, making diagnosis complex.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.