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February 1, 2013

Letter: Roe v. Wade's unsung consequences

To the editor:

I am writing to add my two cents to the Roe v. Wade discussion.

There are a few unintended consequences, not often talked about.

First is the damage done to the participants in an abortion. We are all aware of the harm done to the potential little person, the baby, and we have heard stories of the emotional turmoil the future mother endures, many years later. However, we seldom hear of the forgotten victims — the foremost being the potential father, who can face his own emotional upheaval, years after the fact.

Then there is the economy. Let me explain. The stats say that there have been roughly 55 million potential lives aborted since that 1973 ruling. By my simple math, that would make perhaps 55 million 40-something people, perhaps earning, on the low end, approximately, $20,000 dollars per year, out of which 13 percent, or roughly $2,500 apiece would go into the Social Security/Medicare fund.

That’s a sufficient amount to help keep that ailing fund solvent — not to mention the buying power of 55 million more consumers, assuming they were able to find work in our present state of affairs. If not, we would be faced with 75 million unemployed, and our nation would be in a really Great Depression.

When Social Security was instituted — and for that matter, even in 1965, when Medicare was enacted — legalized abortion was not even a consideration in the debate to enact those programs for seniors. Programs were based upon the population growth, and the actuarial age of death. There was never a consideration given to the death of the potentially unborn, nor the extension of the life expectancy age.

Living longer and using an arcane form of population control, we have unintentionally placed our once-prosperous nation on the brink of a 50 percent rate of mental illness and a fiscal disaster.

If this took place elsewhere, we would call it genocide. Here, it’s called choice; yet in reality it is the only thing that we use that label for. I’m also pro-choice — you can choose to do as you wish, if you can live with the emotional aftermath.

GERALD MAHIEU

Langsford Street, Gloucester

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