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A recent letter claiming global access to contraception will increase abortion rates is laughable if not for its frightening message that family planning programs should be denied funding because contraception sometimes fails.

This logic is as ridiculous as some religious organizations claiming on television that condoms don’t help protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Tell that to the current millions infected with AIDs due to unprotected sex in Africa, as well as an entire generation of orphaned children.



While true all forms of birth control have failure rates, so do all methods of prevention we use daily. Seatbelts don’t save every life, but we still buckle up to increase our chances of surviving most car accidents. Modern medicines aren’t a guarantee, but we don’t forego them because they might not work. We know nonaction is far more likely to result in injury, or even death.

Suggesting family planning funds be redirected towards “child survival programs” completely ignores the services these programs already provide through prenatal care, midwifery, breastfeeding assistance, post-partum care and, especially, childhood immunizations.




Abortion opponents must realize future medical technologies in birth control will surely increase in success and simplicity. Greater understanding of fertility will also give women more control over pregnancy and natural family planning methods, as well.

Every woman has the right if she chooses to share in this knowledge. Enduring a dozen births hoping maybe two will survive childhood is surely as repugnant as abortion. One letter suggested we could save all these doomed infants if we would only sacrifice all entertainment monies spent by American families.

The statistics of children living in poverty in our own U.S. cities casts serious doubts on our ability to save the world, although our multibillion military budget could perhaps spare a few dollars in that direction. I doubt that, too.

Perhaps stand-up comedian George Carlin had our present administration in mind when he quipped, “everyone cares so much when you’re a fetus, but then they forget about you until you’re of military age.” I’m beginning to agree.

Perceptions of abortion opponents frightening

A recent letter claiming global access to contraception will increase abortion rates is laughable if not for its frightening message that family planning programs should be denied funding because contraception sometimes fails.

This logic is as ridiculous as some religious organizations claiming on television that condoms don1t help protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Tell that to the current millions infected with AIDs due to unprotected sex in Africa, as well as an entire generation of orphaned children.

While true all forms of birth control have failure rates, so do all methods of prevention we use daily. Seatbelts don1t save every life, but we still buckle up to increase our chances of surviving most car accidents. Modern medicines aren1t a guarantee, but we don1t forego them because they might not work. We know nonaction is far more likely to result in injury, or even death.

Suggesting family planning funds be redirected towards 3child survival programs² completely ignores the services these programs already provide through prenatal care, midwifery, breastfeeding assistance, post-partum care and, especially, childhood immunizations.

Abortion opponents must realize future medical technologies in birth control will surely increase in success and simplicity. Greater understanding of fertility will also give women more control over pregnancy and natural family planning methods, as well.

Every woman has the right if she chooses to share in this knowledge. Enduring a dozen births hoping maybe two will survive childhood is surely as repugnant as abortion. One letter suggested we could save all these doomed infants if we would only sacrifice all entertainment monies spent by American families.

The statistics of children living in poverty in our own U.S. cities casts serious doubts on our ability to save the world, although our multibillion military budget could perhaps spare a few dollars in that direction. I doubt that, too.

Perhaps stand-up comedian George Carlin had our present administration in mind when he quipped, 3everyone cares so much when you1re a fetus, but then they forget about you until you1re of military age.² I1m beginning to agree.

Lisa Hioki

Nevada City


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