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Abortion alternative

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

With all the debate about abortion, you rarely hear about the role men play.

People understandably don’t like abortion being used as an after-the-fact form of birth control. Therein lies the solution to this divisive debate. Do everything you can to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

I had simple advice for students when I taught sex education. If you don’t want to be a mother, there’s no good reason to allow semen into your body. If you don’t want to be a father, there’s no good reason to put semen into a female’s body. And there are simple ways to keep that from happening, but males comes up with all kinds of reasons for putting it there.

So rather than try to legislate what a woman does with her body after a male needlessly puts semen into her and it results in a pregnancy neither partner wants, how about using legislation to encourage men to keep their semen out of women in the first place.

Want to criminalize something? How about criminalizing putting semen into a female when neither person wants to be a parent, potentially setting the stage for the unwanted pregnancy that could end in the abortion so many dislike.

There’s an old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” How about giving guys legal reasons to keep their semen out of women when they have no desire to be a father and to take some personal responsibility for their body fluids.

Ray Mathis

McHenry

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