Letter: Mitigate the need

To the Editor:

Here’s an exercise for any readers who care about the issue of abortion.

Imagine the millions of hours and the equal amount of cash that have been invested in overturning Roe V. Wade during the past nearly half century. Now consider if half of that investment was directed toward efforts to mitigate the need for abortion. Starting with a medical system invested in accessible cost and care for prenatal and postnatal mothers, particularly in low income and rural areas. And creating educational opportunities and good jobs for these populations, so people can afford to raise a family. Then focus on a family leave program in the public and private sector. What about low cost child care where child care workers were adequately paid for such important work? How about fact-based sex education in public schools, and readily available birth control, no judgement attached? To my untrained eye, we are now much further away from meeting these metrics than we were 50 years ago. And now, light-years away from being able to work together in solving a problem so complex and personal.

Frank Barthell,



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