All three Republican members of the U.S. House from Iowa joined Democrat Congresswoman Cindy Axne in supporting H.R. 4350, a bill that requires females to register for the draft.
Republican Congressional Representatives Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Randy Feenstra all voted for the bill.
“The women of our country already make sacrifices in their daily lives — for their families, for their own education and careers, and yes, for their country — and this new proposal to open up the draft would be a terrible mistake for our nation,” said a petition opposing the bill from Voter Voice.
“This isn’t just wrong; it disregards both men and women’s God-given identities in favor of a false sense of reality that ignores science and its implications, and prioritizes politics over people.”
The petition goes on to say the reality is opening the draft to young women would “inevitably mean exposing our daughters to more harm, in many cases against their will, by placing them in combat roles that may very well see them on the ground, facing off against ruthless, physically stronger enemies that are, put simply, out for American blood.”
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that able-bodied, qualified American women should be banned from serving in our military, or that women do not have the physical, mental and emotional fortitude to serve our country with honor, dignity and courage. But since the founding of our nation, American society has, for good reason, not called on women to assume the role of soldier. Mandatory service for the purely political purpose of achieving a new brand of ‘inclusiveness’ may sound nice on paper, but it helps no one.”
House Freedom Caucus members tried to encourage fellow Republicans to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act.
“Right now if you are voting for the NDAA, you’re voting to draft our daughters,” said Congressman Chip Roy of Texas. “There is no other position you can take.”
Representative Mary Miller of Illinois voted against the measure.
“The Democrats and, sadly, some Republicans want to draft your daughters,” she said. “This is wrong, and it’s immoral, and they are doing it anyway. We are proud of the courageous women who have served and are serving in our military in defending our nation, but our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters should not be part of this draft. This is left-wing, woke agenda gone too far. The vote is (Thursday), and the swamp wants to pass the bill.”
The bill passed 316-113. Seventy-five Republicans voted no.
Many of the conservatives were on that list: Mo Brooks, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Bob Good, Jim Jordan and Chip Roy.