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Letter to the Editor: Reproductive healthcare is essential


The current pandemic has only made it more urgent that laws be passed to improve access to reproductive healthcare. As explained below, abortion must be recognized to be an essential service. The stigma over abortion needs to be removed in order for it to become easy to talk about by everyone, especially by the young.

We must take steps to ensure every pregnancy is wanted, that no unintended pregnancies be conceived. This can only happen if women and men have access to preventive options. Right-wing religion and politics have succeeded in gaining control of women’s sexual and reproductive lives. Planned Parenthood is a terrific resource for information regarding the core components of reproductive justice. In a nutshell, this alludes to accessing (or overcoming roadblocks to) abortion and birth control services. Reproductive justice is linked to social-political-economic inequalities that hinder women from access to reproductive services.

Why is this important? First, many of the candidates running for election are avowed pro-life people. You need to determine where the candidates stand on these issues. Secondly, planet population has increased from 2.5-billion people (in 1945) to 7.8-billion people (in 2020). The carbon created and the forest absorption diminishment hugely impact climate change. Thus, while “pro-life” cults get laws passed that restrict “family planning” services, the planet’s population grows and grows; and therefore, carbon in the atmosphere continues to accumulate and the planet gets warmer. Your vote for candidates who will preserve and improve reproductive health care will help save the planet.

Dave L. Wegner

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