Pregnant in Iraq

A few of my friends and I have discussed the U.S. military policy of penalizing female soldiers on active duty overseas who get pregnant.  Some support it, some think it's abhorrent. 

While the policy may make civilians uncomfortable, as it deals with a person's reproductive rights, I think it's permissible when weighed in the balance.  Importantly, the policy does not penalize those women who get pregnant due to sexual assault.

The policy deals with a soldier's ability to perform her duties in the end, and if that ability is compromised by an individual's consenting choice while in the field, then I think it's subject to penalty in the military setting.  That's especially true in an overseas war zone where lives depend on each individual soldier to perform given duties adequately.

More interesting to me is the overall package of restrictions placed on U.S. troops in Iraq over the course of the conflict in an effort to avoid offending Islamic tastes.  From the soldiers I've talked to who've served Iraq, this is the first "dry war" (except for the Super Bowl) and alcohol is not the only thing off limits:

The memo outlines a long list of behaviors that are prohibited, from gambling and using drugs to behaviors that would offend Iraqis, such as entering a mosque or religious site unless "required by military necessity."