Illogical to link Roe, poverty

By From page A14 | January 27, 2013

I take issue with Richard Bruce’s claim that access to safe, legal abortion was ever conflated with controlling poverty (Jan. 23 letters). As a longtime abortion rights activist, I can assure Bruce that the aim of the movement was always that women should have control over their own reproductive systems. This includes access to safe contraception; access to safe, legal abortions; and an end to forced sterilizations (yes, this happened).

To cite a 1973 Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) as the reason for the subsequent percentage increase in poverty since then is very poor logic. Many other things have happened during the same period.

The percentage of unionized workers has plummeted. Many manufacturing jobs have been moved abroad. The disparity in income distribution has increased steadily. The tax burden has shifted from the wealthy to working people. Programs addressing poverty have been cut.

Did Roe v. Wade cause all this, too?

Karen Newton


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