Reducing the abortion rate
An essay submitted by Angie Pratt,
a visitor to this web site
Let's stop Abortions by getting at what causes them. Let's get real and admit
that abstinence is not a valid, workable solution by itself. It can't be the
only weapon used.
Let's put aside our differences on choice and focus on what we do agree on. We
all agree that the "need" for abortions needs to be reduced.
No one is pro-abortion. No one has an abortion for fun.
You want to stop 1 million abortions from happening? Stop 1 million unwanted
The real moral question is whether or not you are willing to spend the money
that is going to be needed to get rid of the root causes of unwanted
First off, lets make sure that birth control is available to everybody for free.
Access to birth control has to be pervasive. Every man, woman, and child in this
country needs to know what are the various forms of birth control and the
positives and negatives of each. There must be no barrier preventing access to
birth control – not financially or availability or social condemnation.
One of the primary reasons given for abortions is the cost associated with
having a baby. Free, no questions asked, prenatal care has to be readily
available for everybody.
A pregnant woman has to have a guarantee of at least 3 months off from work at
full pay. And after that, affordable, full day care has to be available to her.
Paternity has to be established and child support from the father has to be
mandatory. It takes two to tango, it takes two to support a child financially.
All children have to have access to free medical care. Again, no questions
We are all against abortions. The question is are you willing to spend money to
stop the root causes of unwanted pregnancies? You can't be against abortions and
against stopping the causes of abortions. It's a package deal.
A culture of life starts with stopping the root causes for abortions. By not
changing this environment you are, in fact, fostering abortions. You are a
contributor whether you like it or not.
Be part of the solution ... for a change.
||Ms. Pratt has asked that people run this essay as a Letter to the Editor,
guest editorial or Political Posts column.
||We realize that this article is controversial and does not discuss
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||"NorthStar" submitted a response to Ms. Pratt's essay.
||We received a brief Email about this essay:
"I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Pratt's essay titled- 'How to Reduce
the Number of Abortions,' but I do think she left out the issue of a
rigorous and mandatory program of sex-education for all young people. I
believe that a child of 13 should fully understand all aspects of human
sexuality and reproduction -- including STDs, contraceptives and all. ...
Our US - Federal authorities insist upon stressing abstinence and omit a
discussion of contraceptives. No wonder there are so many abortions by
Originally posted: 2005-JUN-01
Latest update: 2007-JAN-20
Author: Angie Pratt