Women serve this nation honorably in the United States Armed Forces. Now this has always been a voluntary role. Women have helped our warriors since the War for Independence. Women are now warriors displaying acts of courage and valor in the War on Terror (OEF and OIF). Today the Pentagon may reverse the long standing prohibition of women in combat. Today’s combat lines are highly mobile and women do in fact serve in combat through combat support roles. Certain Infantry roles which require certain physical standards are exempt from having women. Women’s rights groups have pushed the Administration to remove the protection and it is widely expected to be announced today. Most of the debate has focused on women in combat from a perspective of whether or not it will hurt military efficiency. One overlooked problem is that the Supreme Court rejected the equal protection argument in on including women in the draft and reversed the lower court on one ground, that women were not eligible for certain combat roles and the purpose of the draft is raise an army and navy to protect the nation. The composition of that is solely a Congressional function under the Constitution, which empowers Congress to raise an Army and Navy for national defense therefore not subject to judicial review. Now if women are in all combat roles, that means the one and only legal justification for keeping young moms from being ripped away from their babies is repealed. This action by the Obama Administration is couched as giving women more choices, but in reality, it could be taking away choices from women. Why Rush? It is intriguing that the decision is being made before the results of the field testing of the concept is complete. One reason that it has not gone as expected is that in the Marines, women do not want the jobs and the few that do haven’t made it yet. Why Not Draft Women? We need to have an open and honest discussion on this subject which is being bypassed currently through executive decree. The reason society does not draft young women is that they are indispensable to the continuation of society in a way young men are not. Young women can have babies, nurse babies, and continue society. Older men can make babies. Europe lost a lot of its young men in World War 1. Some countries lost a quarter of its young men. Since older men can produce babies, society moved on. If a society loses a quarter of its young women, it is in demographic trouble. Another problem that we begin to see today is the issue of war orphans due to the serving of Mom and Dad in the same unit. We exempt all of the siblings of the same family from such a fate, why not both parents? The cost to society of taking care of a child so devastated far outweighs the benefits. Why are we changing our polices without simultaneously addressing this issue? Why not, because in the extreme feminist world family takes a backseat. It is viewed as an obstacle to the equality of women not as an important part of the identity of women who choose to have one. I have had to deal with women who have been distressed about being pulled away from babies 6 months old to prepare for deployment and leave a 1 year old with relatives. These women at least made that choice to be soldiers. Some of them had a hard time making that decision and a few had to be separated from service. What would happen if you tried to draft a mom with 3 kids under 5? What would be the economic impact on Dad and his job and a half? May we have a real conversation on these issues? Congress needs to address the issue of drafting women now, before we are in a national crisis that requires conscription. We need to consider what we do with potential war orphans and the war displaced kids. This conversation is long over due.