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Torika Tokalau
Friday, February 28, 2014

WOMEN in the British Army who become or are discovered pregnant while on operations will be returned to the UK at the first opportunity.

And, according to British High Commission Suva's head of communication Vineeta Nand, this would include the 120 Fijian women who are a part of the British forces.

"In the British Armed Forces, pregnant women are not allowed to be deployed on operations," Ms Nand said.

"It is not an offence for a servicewoman to be pregnant.

"If women become or discover they are pregnant on operations they are returned to the UK at the first opportunity for their own wellbeing and to preserve operational effectiveness."

Ms Nand said because of the Data Protection Act, she could not reveal if there were cases of Fijian women being sent from operations back to the UK because they were pregnant.

In 2012, a Fijian woman serving in the British Army, Lynette Pearce, gave birth while deployed in Afghanistan.

Ms Pearce, 30, after complaining of severe stomach pains, was rushed into a surgical theatre at Camp Bastion where the baby was delivered.

According to the Daily Mail, Ms Pearce was the first British soldier to give birth on the frontline although up to 200 service women had been sent home from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003 after discovering they were pregnant.

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