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Reader: Overturning Roe V. Wade




I hear much about social conservatives preparing for an overturn of Roe v. Wade, but I hear nothing about those same people taking ownership of the realities that would come with such a victory. If estimates are right that 20 states would make abortion illegal, that would make for hundreds of thousands of extra people born (minus those lost to coat-hanger abortions). With access to birth control becoming more difficult the past year and a half, even more would be born.

In addition, 50 percent of abortions occur among women living below the poverty level. In some of these poor neighborhoods, there are environmental hazards like lead-based paint that would have to be addressed. And it would seem that funding for mental health services, adoption services and Department of Human Services would need huge funding increases, which conservatives generally are reluctant to provide. Perhaps tithing in our churches can increase to provide these services.

From my perspective, the realities of overturning Roe v. Wade rest squarely on the backs of social conservatives who must provide services and adopt these children. Is Mike Pence volunteering to adopt children and challenge those with a like mindset to do the same?

— Todd Nelson, Colorado Springs

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