As election year approaches, there will be much rhetoric about abortion but little substance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 2 million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States, of which 40 percent result in abortions.
We could greatly reduce this number if we did the following:
▪ Increase the number of clinics offering women’s health care, sex education and birth control.
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▪ Develop comprehensive sex education in our schools, with no opt-outs.
▪ Devote ourselves as an industrialized Western nation to creating a national child care program.
▪ Encourage employers to offer up to 90 days of paid pregnancy leave, like other developed nations.
The most frequent reasons given for having an abortion are a lack of resources because of poverty, fear of the loss of a job and/or ongoing education and fear of losing a companion.
The above actions will not solve all the problems, but they would be substantive steps in addressing a divisive issue.
Richard Gier has lived in the Kansas City area most of his life. He is a retired health care executive. He is married and has three adult children and one grandchild. He has lived in Lenexa about 10 years.