Granting a fair start

Ms. En­dres talks about the pro-choice ad­voc­ates and the Wo­men’s March (“Mean­ing­ful March, Jan. 26), cit­ing the sup­posed wo­men who might have wanted to march for equal rights could have marched in the March for Life in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., but didn’t be­cause they were nev­er born. What strikes me about the anti-choice move­ment, is that so many of them have such con­cern for the un­born, yet make life so tenu­ous for chil­dren once they are born. 

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To the Ed­it­or:

Ms. En­dres talks about the pro-choice ad­voc­ates and the Wo­men’s March (“Mean­ing­ful March, Jan. 26), cit­ing the sup­posed wo­men who might have wanted to march for equal rights could have marched in the March for Life in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., but didn’t be­cause they were nev­er born. What strikes me about the anti-choice move­ment, is that so many of them have such con­cern for the un­born, yet make life so tenu­ous for chil­dren once they are born. 

From cuts to well­ness pro­grams for chil­dren, as well as pren­at­al care, to cuts to pre-school and oth­er edu­ca­tion pro­grams, even after school pro­grams, that can be game changers for chil­dren. It seems the anti-choice only care about the un­born when they are un­born, once the chil­dren are born, all bets are off. If they are born in­to poor fam­il­ies, it’s al­most as if the at­ti­tude is, it’s their fault for be­ing born to poor par­ents. Why should the gov­ern­ment pay for health care, preschool, etc.? Fur­ther­more, they fo­cus solely on abor­tion, ig­nor­ing the fact that many wo­men, such as my­self when I was young­er and had no health in­sur­ance, de­pended on Planned Par­ent­hood for free pap tests and breast ex­ams. They also want to make it more dif­fi­cult for wo­men to ob­tain con­tra­cept­ives. 

I fail to un­der­stand why people think they have the right to im­pose their re­li­gious be­liefs about birth con­trol on people of oth­er faiths. Yes, a lot of pro-choice people, men and wo­men, are people of faith. If you don’t be­lieve in abor­tions, don’t have one. If you don’t be­lieve in birth con­trol, don’t use it, but MY­OB, and stop be­ing so in­con­sist­ent and hy­po­crit­ic­al. 

I be­lieve in ac­cess to safe and leg­al abor­tion. I also be­lieve in well­ness health care for chil­dren once they are born, fund­ing for early child­hood edu­ca­tion, free lunches in school, ac­cess to qual­ity edu­ca­tion, after school pro­grams, and oth­er pro­grams that give BORN chil­dren a fair start in life.  

Rachel Garber
South Phil­adelphia


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