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Letter to the editor: Contraception should make abortion argument moot
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Abortion rights and anti-abortion demonstrators display their signs in the lobby of the Georgia State Capitol building Friday, March 22, 2019, during the 35th legislative day in downtown Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) - photo by Associated Press

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Georgia HB 481 bans abortions once a heartbeat is detected by a physician at about 6 weeks of fetal development and prior to many women even knowing that they are pregnant.  

In the meantime, the pro-choice and pro-life factions will be battling with friends, on social media, via the press, and in the courts.

I am neither pro-choice nor pro-life; I am pro-contraception. Contraception devices available to women include implants, birth control pills and IUDs, which are extremely effective (about 99%).  Although often recommended for men, using condoms for sex is like wearing a raincoat while taking a shower.

The federal government has spent billions of dollars teaching young people that abstinence will prevent unwanted pregnancies. All that they have learned was to abstain from abstinence.

Just because a woman is using contraception doesn’t mean she is available for sex. The two are totally independent. Contraception does not cause sex; sex without contraception can cause pregnancy. If we can get women to use contraception, unwanted pregnancies will disappear and abortion will become a moot point, rather than a legal issue.

Peter McDonald


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