Trump, the businessman, should see aid to Planned Parenthood as a pragmatic choice.

If Donald Trump is the terrific businessman that he claims to be, why would he and his administration want to cut (for economic reasons) the funding for Planned Parenthood and teen pregnancy programs ("Funds to teen pregnancy programs cut," Aug. 13)? These programs are highly cost-effective and are given credit for reducing the need for welfare and other subsidies as they promote better health and lower the number of unintended pregnancies. Did Mr.Trump ever consider these facts when proposing his budget cuts?

The president should view Planned Parenthood as a sound investment because it produces significant savings for local and federal governments (and taxpayers). Planned Parenthood's efforts are centered around helping women achieve healthier, more independent and productive lives. Its many clinics across the country provide access to preventive health care, birth control, mammograms, disease testing and additional services for low income women of all ages including teens. These services would cost much more to the government and society without Planned Parenthood. In many cases, they would not even be available to those in need.

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From a business point of view, the economic advantages of fully funding Planned Parenthood and teen pregnancy prevention programs should be clear. Mr. Trump's cutting or eliminating them, perhaps because of ideological, not financial reasons, would be counterproductive and fiscally irresponsible. It would not make good business sense, especially for someone who seems to care only about the bottom line.

John Stewart, Bel Air

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