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Abortion and the over-population myth

Abortion proponents continue to argue that we need abortion because there are so many children who don’t have decent food, clothing, housing, and medical care, as has come to light with the president’s recent withdrawal of funding to the United Nations Population Fund.

And while I agree that it is terrible that children live in poverty in the world, I don’t agree that the world’s nations, especially the wealthiest nation on Earth, lacks the resources to care for them. We in the U.S., for example, have plenty of ability to spend: $1.2 billion a year goes to professional baseball and football game tickets, $2.2 billion to licensed sporting goods, $8.9 billion to recreational vehicles, and $10 billion to guns and ammunition. Another $50 billion is spent on beer and $300 billion on legalized gambling.

The list goes on and on, but just these examples amount to over $370 billion spent on things that are entirely discretionary just in the U.S. alone, and yet we continue to kill 4,000 American children a day because of this over-population myth. This money could go a long way toward providing the necessities of life for our children in the U.S. and around the world. Maybe it isn’t a matter of whether we “need” abortion to care for our children. Maybe the real issue is whether or not we think the children of our next generation are more important than drinking beer, watching football, driving Jeeps, shooting animals, and playing the lottery.

Dave Pettinato

Grass Valley

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