The Supreme Court has revealed that it will NOT decide on whether it is unconstitutional to exclude women from a military draft. At least three of the judges made their opinion public that this was a matter for congress.
They wrote, “at least for now, the Court’s longstanding deference to Congress on matters of national defense and military affairs cautions against granting review while Congress actively weighs the issue.”
The current iteration of the draft was last upheld in 1981, although some have pointed out that the roles of women in the military has changed drastically since then.
In fact, since 2015, women have been eligible to hold any and all positions in the United States Armed forces.
As a result, people like the director of the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, Ria Tabacco Mar, think that excluding women from the draft sends the wrong message to society.
“Requiring only men to register for the draft reflects the outdated and sexist notion that women are less fit to serve in the military and that men are less able to stay home as caregivers in the event of an armed conflict. Such stereotypes demean both men and women,” Tabacco Mar said in a statement.
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