Abortion isn’t the answer to alleviating poverty

This article was originally posted as a letter to the editor in the Columbus Dispatch, to read it, click here.

Sunday’s letter, “Abortion is alternative to ill-advised births amid impoverished people,” suggested that the logical solution to poverty is to abort those who could suffer from it. I would submit that this is a deeply egregious viewpoint inspired by eugenics.

Calling low-income people of all ages “mental and physical drains upon society” is appalling. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, an infamous eugenicist said, “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Our value is not determined by income, ability or the challenges we may face. Humanity’s ability to rise above devastating circumstances sets us apart. Poverty should never be “solved” by the finality of abortion. This is not the Dark Ages — we do not need to resort to violence. Prioritizing programs that offer real support, such as Ohio’s Parenting and Pregnancy Program, helps alleviate poverty without eliminating anyone.

Allie Frazier, Ohio Right to Life, Columbus


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