Instead of repressing abortion, wouldn't it be better to prevent it?

Certainly it is clear that we must create conditions that will permit all mothers to carry the child they're expecting in the best possible climate. Some legislators have been trying to do this for years by demanding health care, prenatal examinations, lodging, appropriate education, family allotments, etc.

Nevertheless, even the laws which some call repressive because they punish abortion ultimately have the same objective: to prevent abortions by extending legal protection to the unborn infant.

A comparison with traffic safety is illuminating: public authorities have good reason to organize campaigns to prevent accidents, and these campaigns happily bear fruit. Yet these preventive measures do not excuse them from pursuing reckless drivers, since they place other people in danger.

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