Supreme Court punts on including women in the draft, cites 'deference to Congress'

The court denied a petition from the National Coalition for Men to hear the case on the system that currently requires all men from 18 aan 25 to register for potential military service in a national crisis. The group said that the continued integration of women into the military and the reversal of the ban on women in combat removed the basis of the 1981 case that upheld the selection of only men for the draft.

The Selective Service System, opposing a change that would mandate women register for the draft, emphasized that the court previouslydeferred to Congress’s judgmenton the Selective Service System.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor agreed with that argument in a statement also signed by Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

In this Aug. 17, 2019 lêerfoto, Amerikaanse. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, speaks at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss. Sotomayor, joined by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Stephen Breyer, said Monday that the Supreme Court should defer to Congress while it considers whether women should be made to register for the draft. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this Aug. 17, 2019 lêerfoto, Amerikaanse. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, speaks at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss. Sotomayor, joined by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Stephen Breyer, said Monday that the Supreme Court should defer to Congress while it considers whether women should be made to register for the draft. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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