More information, fewer abortions |

More information, fewer abortions

In his column of Jan. 28 on abortion, Cal Thomas proves that spin can be brought to bear on any issue. He asserts that abortion numbers have decreased over the past 10 years because pregnant woman seeking an abortion have been given increased information prior to the procedure, which then presumably dissuaded them from going through with it.

What he neglects to mention are the statistics indicating that there are fewer abortions mainly because fewer girls and women have become problematically pregnant. And they have not become pregnant because they are finally receiving good information about pregnancy prevention, safe sex, and responsible parenting.

That is where the emphasis should be, on preventing problem pregnancies. When girls and women have access to intelligent sex information and good birth control, they make better choices and therefore don’t have to concern themselves with abortion.

If all of the organizations that are so concerned with preventing abortions would instead spend their energy and funds on preventing problem pregnancies, the numbers of abortions would greatly reduce. Unfortunately, it is often the same people and organizations that condemn abortion that also condemn informed sex education and pregnancy prevention methods.

Hindi Greenberg

Nevada City

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