Women Claim Combat Ban Violates 5th Amendment
May 28, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Two female soldiers are suing the military, claiming that the restrictions on combat are unConstitutional.
Women are not allowed to serve in units whose main task is frontline combat. Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring believe the policy is a violation of the 5th Amendment.
The 5th Amendment states that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Baldwin and Haring want due process.
The female soldiers are claiming that the ban prevents them from rising through the ranks.
“This limitation on plaintiffs’ careers restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits,” the suit states.
Baldwin and Haring are not alone. In February, Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, one of the defendants in the case. In the letter, Brown claims that the ban limits “their ability to develop a career path in the military and advance to higher ranks.”
The suing soldiers argue that in today’s military structure, women are on the battlefield. More than 800 women have been wounded in Afghanistan and Iran, and 130 have been killed.