All this flack about abortion is pure ignorance, because it is missing an important point. Women don’t get pregnant by stepping outside and taking a deep breath; a male sperm is required for conception.

Responsible men could prevent unwanted pregnancies by getting a vasectomy or using birth control, but they’d rather threaten women with prosecution and jail time. What’s next — the scarlet letter or stoning in the town square?

This issue will rear its ugly head come November; women will not be shoved back into the Dark Ages.

We can vote. And will, perhaps, wearing long red cloaks and stiff white caps, but vote we will, and in force.

Carole Richards, Livermore

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