Letter: A choice for all
I am writing in support of Measure 106, which removes taxpayer funding for abortion. I recently saw an editorial "cartoon" (irony here) in a local newspaper which suggested that if this measure is passed, "poor women would be dying in back alleys!" This is taking the issue to the extreme, something Measure 106 would eliminate. No woman today will be forced into such a dire circumstance.
Under Measure 106, medically necessary abortions will still be funded.
Although our populace is deeply divided on this issue, abortion is here to stay. It is legal and lawful. So, we have pro-choice, and pro-life. Two deeply divided camps. Money is taken from one camp and given to the other camp. Unfair. Measure 106 simply takes money out of the equation.
In the years since Roe v. Wade, there have been many charitable and private organizations which have sprung up on the pro-life side to provide for women who are in a difficult pregnancy circumstance, but who do not wish to have an abortion. These pro-life centers care for their clients with money, doctor visits, clothing, baby needs and aftercare - whether the mother keeps the child or opts for adoption. All of this is provided by passionate people who donate time and resources to provide this service. I suggest that passionate people on the pro-choice side of the issue will do the same! Without money from the state, they will mobilize and fundraise, and probably end up with more money than they ever received from taxpayer funds. One last thing: Let's find a way to make adoption a choice. An abortion in Oregon costs approximately $400. Adoption can cost a couple up to $40,000. Something's wrong here.
Let's begin a sensible path forward to bring adoption into the equation. There are many loving people who are desperate for a child, and for most of them, their only choice is to look outside the United States. A shame.
Measure 106 is balanced and fair. It takes away no one's rights — choice or life. It treats both sides equally. Let's take care of one another, respect each other's choices, and vote yes on Measure 106.