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Letters to the editor, March 8

Different approach

Lockadee Newland [DRC, Feb. 23] and I have the same goal in mind — we have just chosen different paths to get there. Our goal is the same. The approach is different.

The following (like it or not) is what studies show people actually do:

•  “A global survey showed that women will continue to seek out abortions regardless of whether they are legal or not. It showed the fastest way to reduce the number of abortions is to provide access to reliable contraception.”

•  “In Eastern Europe, abortion rates have halved from 90 abortions per 1,000 women in 1995, to 44 per 1,000 in 2003 — thanks almost entirely to the wider availability of effective contraceptives.”

Newland ends by saying, “Bill, I bet you are glad your mother didn’t choose abortion,” to which I respond, I was a wanted baby.

Wanted babies never suffer that fate.

I was planned, but had my mother chosen to terminate, I would have much preferred to have never been conceived in the first pace. When I learned I was about to suffer the worst of fates simply because she was unable to obtain contraceptives, I would lose some faith in the very people God sent to protect me.

Lockadee, we have the same goal. Just different paths to get there.

Bill Reed,