Choose wisely when having children

06/03/2014 7:06 AM

06/03/2014 6:35 PM

Re "Unfair welfare policy hurts California's needy children" (Viewpoints, June 3): I was a 16-year-old mother in the '70s. Regardless of the reasons, I learned quickly how to prevent any further pregnancies.

I chose to wait until the time was right and I could afford to have more children. I could afford to take care of them, feed them, give them a decent life and not grow up on welfare.

My point is, having children is a choice. So why not choose wisely? I remember in the '70s, many friends I knew chose to have more children to AVOID working and could draw welfare knowing full well the governor would take care of them as long as they continued to have children under a certain age.

Teach responsibility and birth control. I don't believe giving more money is the answer. Children do not choose to be born into welfare, so choose wisely.

-- Tina Perez, Sacramento

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