U.S. laws impacting reproductive choice should take male role in account, reader says

Men, too If abortion is outlawed, women will lose reproductive rights. Men should also lose some of their reproductive rights. We will need to ban Viagra and all sexual enhancement drugs and devices for men. Since a pregnancy requires a man’s participation, the government can stop unwanted pregnancies before they happen. Elizabeth Jones, Columbia Finding hope More than 700,000 adults in South Carolina live with a mental health condition. Of the 220,000 adults needing care, 47.2% cannot afford it, and more than 2 million live in communities with few qualified professionals. Many affected individuals also are consigned to prisons without proper psychiatric care. Dr Debra Bjork, a local psychiatrist, believes she has a way out of our current crisis as founder of the local non-profit Our Place of Hope which will build a clubhouse for the mentally ill in Lexington County to serve the Midlands. The Clubhouse model is an internationally recognized program for helping mentally ill adults thrive. Daily programming allows members to develop friendships and gain the life skills necessary for integration into the community. Opportunities for employment, housing, education, and access to medical and psychiatric services are also provided. Communities with clubhouses have been shown to reverse the alarming rates of suicide, homelessness, hospitalization, and incarceration with a clear economic advantage: One year of holistic recovery services is the same cost as a two-week stay in a psychiatric hospital. May, Mental Illness Awareness month, is a good time to support Our Place of Hope. Visit ourplaceofhope.org. […]

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