Hyland: Think twice before voting
September 13, 2012
Re: “137 abortions per hour every hour,” by Jeanne Saeger, letters, Sept. 4
One wonders where/how the National Right To Life Committee got its estimate that over 54 million abortions have been performed since Roe v Wade in 1973.
However, since I have not tried to fact-check that figure, using their estimate, is it possible that the planet/society may be better off without over 54 million unwanted children? (And their progeny as well). So change that estimate to 100-200 million people that were never born. As it stands, the planet is over-populated which may be contributing to climate change, and is certainly straining natural resources.
One also may wonder what ever happened to the “ZPG” movement of the ’60s and ’70s. Zero population growth means having no more than two children for each two adults. Those two children “replace” the two parents and the population does not grow. Some practical minded people support the negative population growth concept of having no children to “replace” them. (ZPG is now PopulationConnection.org on the web.)
Voting for President Obama has absolutely nothing to do with the number of abortions performed in the U.S. Thanks to Roe v Wade, (a ruling by the Supreme Court when Obama was 11) women decide for themselves whether or not to have an abortion. Abortions were illegal in the U.S. until Roe v Wade, which did not mean they were not performed. (a scary picture) Roe v Wade simply made abortion safe and legal, so women no longer felt compelled to have an abortion in unsanitary conditions wherever they could find one.
Reasons for having an abortion vary and are meant to be personal decisions, not political ones.
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Please, let’s think twice about voting for any Republicans, many of whom seem hell-bent on turning back the clock to pre-1973 regarding a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body. Is that what women want? Sincerely,