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CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE:
Because of an editing error, this letter omitted several words from the second sentence. It should read, “Yet data from the Guttmacher Institute show that the abortion rate is over twice as high for women who live with their partner as for those who do not.”

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Abortion an issue for committed partners

In “Love trumps all,” Maita Esteban argues that abortion is wrong because it comes about from sex outside of mature, loving relationships. Yet data from the Guttmacher Institute show that the abortion rate is over twice that of women who live with their partner as compared to those who do not. Furthermore, the abortion rate among married women is roughly 25 percent of that among unmarried women: lower, yes, but hardly a negligible fraction. No matter what you think about abortion, these data show it is not just a product of casual sex. Love can trump many things, but it seems abortion is not one of them.

Stephen Serene ’12