By now, most of us know that the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would imprison doctors who perform abortion for up to 99 years, and in which no provision is made for victims of rape or incest.

The Republican Party has used this wedge issue to divide the nation for decades now, and with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the court feel confident Roe v. Wade will be overturned.

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If we are being honest, no one is for abortion. But if Republicans and pro life organizations had really wanted to reduce abortion, they would be looking to places like France, whose citizens have an abortion rate less than half that in the US.

How did the French do it? They provide free pre-natal health care with stipends going to pregnant women who take advantage of these visits, subsidized child care, paid parental leave following delivery and free well-baby medical care.

But so called "pro-lifers" are so slavishly loyal to the Republican Party that they are not supportive of the very policies that could radically reduce the number of abortions. Women who have abortions overwhelmingly do so because of the very real financial issues that France addresses, and the Republicans in control of the U.S. and Minnesota State Senate are blocking. Concern about reducing abortions, it appears, has gotten lost in Republican politics. - Howie and Linda Anderson, Ponsford