Education and alternatives are crucial in solving abortion issue

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | 2:40 p.m. CDT; updated 4:39 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I have always been pro-life; against abortion-on-demand as was allowed under the Roe v. Wade Law.

However, to overturn this law would be only a partial solution to this problem. Before you vote for a candidate for president, Congress or state office; please consider if he or she is really pro-life or is just trying to get votes. Pro-life means you should support abortion alternatives, which help the woman decide to keep her baby. A woman needs to feel she can have help to raise her baby properly. Abortion alternatives such as: paid maternity leave, health care for herself and the baby, a livable wage, and a good adoption service if she decides not to keep the baby.

To be pro-life means you should also oppose capital punishment, suicide, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell use— as they devalue human life. We also must care for our environment, which supports all life. It is not fair to bring a child into life only to have it lost through environmental destruction. We should also consider  if the candidate would try to solve differences between nations with diplomacy, instead of bombs as we have recently seen, which only creates more hate and loss of life.

We must try to educate women on the cruel and immoral nature of abortion and not just the passing of a law to outlaw abortion-on-demand; as a woman can go to a back alley doctor or self-induce an abortion and place herself in danger. Providing abortion alternatives are the best way to end the culture of death and replace it with respect for life.

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