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Do We Really Want to Draft Our Daughters?

In the current draft of the National Defense Authorization Act, Senate Armed Forces Chair Jack Reed (D-RI) and his political allies are proposing a “sweeping rewrite” of the military draft laws. In the new language, “All Americans” between the ages of 18 and 25, rather than men alone, will be expected to register with Selective Service. This demographic would include young women just starting their adult lives, perhaps completing college, starting a new career, or growing a family. The language of inclusivity may scratch the popular itch of equality for all, but it is a bad idea for American families.  Read More

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23% of American children live in single-mother families.
3mil children live with unmarried parents.
4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
69% of America’s children live in two-parent families.
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