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Men want to contribute to the abortion debate. Are they prepared to contribute financially too?

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Protesters on both sides of the abortion debate gather in front of the Supreme Court building during the Right To Life March in Washington on Jan. 18.
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To the editor: I want to respond to another letter writer, Michael Parente, who believes that men should not remain silent in the abortion debate. He wrote that “every pregnancy involves a man who should have a stronger voice.” I hope he also believes that every man involved in a pregnancy, including a rapist, must be financially responsible for that child until age 18.

The letter writer asks us to consider the toll of the 60 million abortions since 1973. As a pragmatic person, when I consider that number, I see millions more humans on a planet that rapidly is becoming less and less able to support those lives.

I also see that approximately 21% of children in the U.S. live below the poverty line today, and presumably a significant percentage of those 60 million lives would have increased that dismal statistic.

Lynn Eames, Los Angeles

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