Four female U.S. Senators — Barbara Boxer of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — have reportedly written to Maj. Gen Anthony Cucolo III asking him to rescind his November general order potentially making pregnancy a UCMJ offense.
According to ABC News, MG Cucolo, in a conference call on the subject, appeared to back away from full implementation of the policy: “I regret that the term court martial is bandied about or mentioned,” the general said. “I do not ever see myself putting a soldier in jail for this.”
MG Cucolo went on to suggest that the order was intended to serve a prophylactic purpose: “The true purpose behind this is to cause them to pause and think about, ‘Okay wait a minute. It was written in the order and I’m going to leave my team. I’m going to leave an outfit shorthanded,'” Cucolo said.