In Ethiopia – one of the poorest countries in Africa, with a per capita GDP of $398 – abortion is covered in their public health service because the government recognizes that fertility control is crucial to a woman’s health and survival, her children’s health and survival, and ultimately, her country’s development.

But the United States, which has a frankly appalling rate of unwanted pregnancy and child poverty for a country so wealthy, does not. When we understand abortion as a lifesaving health service, making abortion legal but not including it in national health plans is about as logical as denying access to defibrillators without proof of insurance.

~Anu Kumar, in a post entitled, “It’s Not a Choice if You Can’t Afford It,” The Huffington Post, April 29

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