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Letter: Talgo’s recent op-ed ignores the realities that some women face

Will my state legislators guarantee in state law that they won’t punish women for leaving the state to get an abortion? That they won’t punish those who help these women? That they won’t pass a Texas-style law turning my neighbors into bounty hunters chasing a taxpayer-funded cash prize?

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Chris Talgo’s op-ed, printed in the Grand Forks Herald’s May 14 edition, claims “If a woman happens to reside in a conservative state that prefers restrictions on abortion, nothing is stopping her from traveling (or moving) to a blue state to receive what she desires from a medical perspective.” This of course conveniently ignores that many people do not have reliable transportation to travel out of state or have jobs with paid time off that will allow them the time to travel. And if people can’t afford to leave the state for a couple days, they sure can’t afford to move.

His view also assumes that conservative state representatives will actually let women travel out of state for an abortion. Will my state legislators guarantee in state law that they won’t punish women for leaving the state to get an abortion? That they won’t punish those who help these women? That they won’t pass a Texas-style law turning my neighbors into bounty hunters chasing a taxpayer-funded cash prize?

And will these legislators provide funding for comprehensive sex education (which teaches anatomy and consent as well as pregnancy prevention) so women can avoid an abortion in the first place? Will they fund prenatal care, pre-K, and child care so that women who want another baby but can’t afford one can avoid an abortion for financial reasons? Will they incentivize more families to foster or adopt so we can find stable, loving homes for all the unwanted children abortion restrictions will force into the world? Will they pay the funerals of those who die during childbirth, since women are 14 times more likely to die from giving birth than getting an abortion?

If not, then these legislators are just heaping burden after burden onto women and bearing none of the responsibility.

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