Wanted children

Regarding the article ``Critics See Welfare Reform Increasing US Abortion Rate,'' July 22: The Hyde Amendment is currently coercing poor women to give birth to unwanted children because the government only pays for childbirth costs.

Our country's problems - crime, poverty, child abuse, substance abuse, the drop out rate, etc. - are the result of too many children being born unwanted and into homes where jail is a better standard of living.

Children are our greatest, most precious natural resource. Our country's future depends on all of our children growing up to be law-abiding, contributing members of society. A world of wanted children would make a world of difference. Nancy Kuka, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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