Prevention can reduce abortion rate |

Prevention can reduce abortion rate

Occasional letters in this newspaper attack various organizations providing services that include abortion. I believe their energy is misdirected. Abortion opponents will not eliminate abortions by trying to make them illegal. There will always be some women who are pregnant against their wishes and will seek abortion. Whether legal or not, whether medically safe or not, they will seek and find that option.

Arguing about morality, the definition of “life,” etc., will not change that fact. There is a simple solution to the controversy about abortion, however. That is for pro-choice and anti-choice advocates alike to work together to eliminate the need for abortions. Instead of fighting and denigrating organizations like Planned Parenthood, anti-choice advocates could support and promote such organizations.

Planned Parenthood, through its many services, has prevented more abortions than any other organization, far more than any anti-choice group could ever hope to prevent. And Planned Parenthood would be ecstatic if the need for abortion was totally eliminated so it could focus its entire energy on prevention of unwanted pregnancies.

So, how about it, anti-choice folks? Are you willing to work on a plan that has hope for success and reduced fighting? The choice is yours.

Steve and Nancy Eubanks

Rough and Ready

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