Abandoned Babies and the Abortion Issue

Regarding the front-page article "US Hospitals Are Flooded With Babies Abandoned by Alcohol and Drug Abusers," Sept. 17: This fine article clearly points out some unforeseen consequences of the choices and actions of our society over the past decade or more.

Thanks to our willingness to live beyond our means and to let our children pay for our excesses, our nation is now faced with hard choices based on fiscal restraints. If we spend $34 million a year on boarder babies, that money will not be available to spend where it can do far more good - on prenatal care, Head Start, and positive financial incentives to promote work over welfare.

While I do not favor abortion as a primary means of birth control, there are instances when it is more moral to allow abortion rather than to bring unwanted children into the world - particularly when that child is destined to a short life fraught with medical problems paid for by the expenditures of our limited funds. Kenneth Stapp, Oneida, Ky.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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