Elaine Donnelly, the never served in the military but president of the alleged "Center for Military Readiness" (a.k.a. Center for Military Insaneness) says
the American Medical Association apparently doesn't know the facts about the 1993 law passed by Congress that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military.
First of all the 1993 law doesn't "prohibit" homosexuals from serving in the military; it "prohibits" them from serving "openly". Secondly, there apparently are some "facts" Ms. Donnelly is unaware of.
The AMA, founded in 1847, is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. Their stated mission is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health".
Regardless, Ms. Donnelly contends
"The first thing that they ought to have done is read the actual statute," she suggests, "and then maybe they would have figured out what their position should be. The second mistake they made was they consulted only with the advocates of gays in the military. It would have made a lot more sense to get balanced information."
Is this the "balanced information" Ms. Donnelly is referring to?
But the most ludicrous claim Ms. Donnelly makes is this:
"An organization that concerns itself with health matters should know that introducing into the military people who are at high risk of HIV infection makes no sense,"
Recruits are ineligible for enlistment if they test positive for HIV and service members are regularly tested for HIV after enlistment. Anyone who has actually served in the military knows this.
Ms. Donnelly seems completely unaware about what the "high risks" for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) actually are. According to Mayo Clinic
Your risk of catching any STD depends on your sex, age and sexual practices, as well as on the sexual practices and lifestyles of your potential partners. The same factors determine which STDs you're most likely to be exposed to.
Here's the highlights from Mayo Clinic's site:
Being sexually active
Starting sexual activity at an early age
Having high-risk sex, vaginal or anal penetration by an infected partner who is not wearing a latex condom (i.e. unprotected sex)
Currently having an STD
Having a history of an STD
Having multiple sex partners, not just concurrently but over time
Using alcohol or recreational drugs
Being young, almost half of the new cases of STDs each year are in people between the ages of 15 and 24 years (i.e. the entire population of new recruits)
Being female. At all ages, women are more likely to have severe STD complications, such as infertility, than are men. In teenage girls and young adult women, the cervix is made up of constantly changing cells. These unstable cells make the cervix more vulnerable to certain sexually transmitted organisms, so vaginal intercourse poses added risks
Being African-American. STDs, particularly gonorrhea and syphilis, are reported in a disproportionate number of African-Americans
Having sex with men, whether you're male or female
Meeting people in public places or online for sex
Ms. Donnelly should stop worrying about people having sex in the military and let the military deal with their own affairs. She should also stop stereotyping gays and lesbians as the only people who can possibly be at high risk for STDs because heterosexuals have as equal a propensity for high risk sex as gays and lesbians.
Let the UCMJ do it's job in dealing with misconduct, repeal DADT.