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Letter of the day: Prevention a better cure than abortion

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Doctors ought to be about the business of preserving human life rather than destroying it through abortion and advocacy for abortion.

Politicians ought to be using their power and influence to encourage proper family planning and development rather than calling for the death of unborn children.

Confucius once said, "The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home." If we aim to strengthen our nation, we must remove our focus from abortion and fix our sights on family planning and building better homes.

Abortion is expensive. Someone has to pay. Preventing unplanned pregnancies costs much less. It is unbelievable that individuals who are well acquainted with logic, reason and the best of education cannot comprehend this simple truth.

For a change, shall we be more proactive and find long-term solutions rather than myopic, quick fixes that are reactive? The quick fix of abortion does not solve our most fundamental problem: the erosion of healthy family life in our nation.

It would be wise of us to also take note of those countries that have invested heavily into abortion and see the problems they are now facing. In China and parts of Europe, there is a growing concern about there being disproportionately more men than women. This is partly as a result of gender-/sex-selective abortions. This kind of abortion often targets female fetuses, as most couples prefer a male child.

Countries such as Russia, Australia, France, Italy, German, Japan and even Singapore have put in place policies and incentives for families to have babies because they have concerns about their population growth.

I respect the fact that persons are free to have their own opinions on abortion. However, I encourage those well-thinking advocates of abortion to also ponder prevention of unplanned pregnancies rather than using abortion as a cure. Is it not true that prevention is better than cure?

JOSEPH COLLINGTON

jmkcollington@gmail.com

Kingston 7