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Free birth control less expensive than providing assistance

Published: September 30, 2013

Nancy Berry (Your Views, Sept. 23) wonders why someone would continue to have more children whom she can't support. People are going to have sex and sometimes the result is a pregnancy. If a woman can't afford food, she probably can't afford birth control. Wouldn't it be less expensive if birth control were provided through Planned Parenthood or at no cost through private insurance? Once a pregnancy exists, the woman's right to choose is being steadily eroded by requirements to have an ultrasound prior to the procedure, waiting periods prior to the procedure, requirements to clinics on the size and shape of building and equipment, and requirements for doctors at clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

There's no reward for having more children other than bringing a healthy life into the world. Five children can't be fed on $659 a month. The poor will always be with us. A compassionate government will not, or shouldn't, allow any of its citizens to lack the basic necessities of life.

Hollis Harper, Oklahoma City


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