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Letters, Oct. 18

Address the problem

To solve a problem, the cause must be addressed. When 3,000 abortions a year are performed in the state of Kansas alone, the United States has an abortion problem.

Some lawmakers believe the way to prevent abortions is to enact draconian laws that will put people in jail. Such laws will only drive women to use desperate means to have an abortion and some women will die.

The cause of most abortions is an unwanted pregnancy. To prevent abortions means to prevent pregnancy, and that means birth control — birth control that is safe, effective, easily available and affordable.

The longer-term prevention is education. Beginning in middle school, boys and girls should be taught that any act of sexual intercourse may result in a pregnancy. This education should not be a one-time thing but ongoing. And men, remember you’re 50% responsible for every pregnancy. So you are 50% responsible to prevent a pregnancy from occurring.

Prevention of unwanted pregnancy is the solution to limiting abortions, and that means birth control that is safe, effective, easily available and affordable.

Edith Montgomery

Ashland

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