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Sen. Ben Sasse: Don't Make Women Register for Draft

Sen. Ben Sasse: Don't Make Women Register for Draft
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Monday, 13 June 2016 01:18 PM

Women should not be required to register for the draft, says Sen. Ben Sasse, who's battling a proposal to create a co-ed selective service system.

"This fight — about women in the draft — is entirely unnecessary. And wisdom should be nudging us to try to avoid unnecessary fighting," the Nebraska Republican said, The Omaha World-Herald reports.

"Why are we now fighting about drafting our sisters and our mothers and our daughters into a draft that no one anywhere is telling us that they need?"

The draft has not been used since 1972 when the Vietnam War began winding down and has been voluntary ever since.

Sasse's anti-draft sentiment isn't in sync with his fellow Republican senators from Nebraska and Iowa.

"I just think if men are going to have to register for Selective Service, women should, too. It's a responsibility that I think women should meet." Sen. Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the World-Herald.

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