Letters: Looking deeper at the fall in abortions
The op-ed "Behind falling number of abortions" [April 10] calls for greater access to sex education and contraception to reduce abortion rates.
However, the author displays an irrational perspective. Under the guise of a so-called health rights umbrella, she ignores the significant role that abstinence programs have played.
While she supports abortion as a right, she favors its reduction. Clearly, abortion is not the best answer.
There is documented fallout from the abortion/contraception worldview that the op-ed's author, Jennie Wetter, describes -- such as an increase in promiscuity.
Last but not least, millions of innocent babies were never born, many of them female. I submit that this is not good for America.
Mary P. O'Hara, St. James
As a young woman, I support Jennie Wetter's call for access to birth control and comprehensive, accurate sex education that allows people to take control of their bodies and protect against unwanted pregnancies.
The extreme number of state-level abortion restrictions that have occurred in the past three years -- 250, versus 189 over the previous 10 years, according to the Guttmacher Institute -- severely limits a woman's agency over her body and her life. Therefore, it is important, now more than ever, for New York to pass the 10-point Women's Equality Act.
The act would strengthen abortion rights and improve women's rights in regard to housing, employment, domestic violence and sex trafficking. This is the only bill that recognizes the complexity of women's lives. It would dismantle the system of interconnected oppressions. It is time to face these inequalities head-on.
Lauren La Magna, East Northport