Columnist Lane Filler is to be commended for attempting to bring some common sense to this debate ["Abortion is not the real problem," Opinion, July 17]. However, there are major flaws in his suggestions.

For example, he says "unwanted pregnancy is the problem," and birth control is the answer. He goes on to explain that the solution lies with humans using science as we do to cure disease. But pregnancy is not a disease. It is a perfectly natural event, and no amount of science and chemicals can alter that fact and eliminate unwanted pregnancies.

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For those that still occur under his scenario, we are faced with the dilemma of determining when life begins. Filler points out that fetuses are recognizable as humans as they approach 15 weeks and can feel pain soon after. So, it follows that before that point, it is fine to painlessly eliminate fetuses.

I don't think this line of reasoning will argue against our society being viewed as "savages" in 100 years.

Walter Ruzek, Mineola