Once again men, women and children joined hands at the State House to protest abortion, and once again I ask myself, “Why is abortion the issue?”

Isn’t unwanted pregnancy the issue? Isn’t birth control the issue?

Why is there such a need for abortions today when safe birth control has been available for years?

Why do doctors refuse to tie the tubes of women who do not want any children or do not want any more?

It just seems that all this energy that is aimed at abortion would be better spent on the problem that creates the need for abortion: unwanted pregnancies.

Betsy Laney, West Gardiner

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