One Less Bit of Evidence Against Combat Integration

In July 2012, Marine Captain Katie Petronio made waves by publicly opposing integration of women into the infantry (is she supposed to be on CNN in uniform making a political argument like that?). Petronio’s argument was largely based on her health problems following an intense deployment to Afghanistan. She drove the point home by noting that stress-induced polycystic ovarian syndrome left her infertile.

Well it turns out that after fertility treatment, she’s quite fertile. Pregnant, in fact.

Captain Katie Petronio: Fertile. Credit: The Evening Sun/Shane Dunlap

Captain Katie Petronio: Fertile.
Credit: The Evening Sun/Shane Dunlap

She hasn’t changed her view on integration of the infantry, which is of course her right. She’s free to think that her experience is representative of her sex, or that female injury rates can’t be brought down to manageable costs, or that the costs for all women of sex-based discrimination in the Marine Corps are worth what she believes are the infantry’s gains. But she’s not infertile. Congrats to her.

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