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In a country.... where the separation of church and state has ensured equality and religious freedom for over a century.... one woman will single handedly turn back the clock....Sarah Palin....the Pentecostal V.P. Armed with nothing but a bible and fashionable belt, she pledges to take reproductive choices out of the hands of women who aren't capable (or wealthy) enough to make them and put those choices in the hands of the government leaders who care so deeply for the unborn babies. But do they care deeply enough to adopt them, educate them and even....gasp...feed them? Faith based programs have done some of this but not enough. If R v W is ever overturned, will the religious leaders swoop in and save the actual lives of the babies as they grow into children, teens and hopefully, adults? This nation has not only a short attention span but bad long term memory. Who remembers the pre-Roe v Wade years of back alley abortions and rich girls spending long summers in liberal European countries? The rich make choices the rest of the low income poor women make babies. Many with addictions at birth. I know. I work with these kids every day. Keeping abortion safe and legal isn't going to prevent teen pregnancy. Abstinence education doesn't prevent teen pregnancy. Nothing can stop teens from getting pregnant if they aren't careful. Acceptance of teen pregnancy and good social programs that help teens successfully raise their unwanted children, or find good families for their babies are what it will take. But the Republican's can't possibly pay for all of that. It's too expensive to offer them the support they can't get anywhere else. As our demographic becomes geriatric, you can bet the majority of tax paying citizens will frown on social programs, faith based or otherwise, to help these pregnant young women. So...what's the solution? Abortion. Safe and legal.