Women, parents in military


A House of Representatives subcommittee is reviewing several bills that would ease the hardship caused when military duty separates parents from their children.

The Evening Sun asked callers to SUNDIAL yesterday about the military deployment abroad of women and parents.

Of 346 people, 210 (61 percent) said they believed women should participate in the fighting against Iraq, while 136 (39 percent) said they did not believe women should do so. Of 348 callers, 162 (47 percent) said they would be willing to have a young woman from their family fight in the war, while 186 (53 percent) said they would not. Of 348 callers, 172 (49 percent) said they thought that single parents with children under 19 years old should be exempt from military deployment abroad, while 176 (51 percent) said they should not. Finally, in the case of military couples with children under age 19, 210 (60 percent) of 348 callers said one parent should be exempt from serving abroad, while 138 (40 percent) said they did not think an exemption should be made.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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