Letters to the Editor

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Tag: contraception

June
8th

RELIGION: Vatican denounces again

Re: “Vatican denounces nun over book on sexuality” (TNT, 6-6).

It looks like the leaders of my church are at it again. The article stated that the Vatican office said that the book by Sister Margaret A. Farley, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” was “not consistent with authentic Catholic theology” and should not be used by Catholics.

I’m old enough to remember when the church not only told me what books not to read, but also what movies not to see under pain of sin and even not to read the Bible since as a layperson

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June
8th

RELIGION: Conservatives have launched crusade

I’m not sure what it is, but there seems to be something missing in the debate between Catholic leaders and our government.

In a genuine attempt to provide fair and equitable health care for all of us, the Obama administration has correctly balanced the important health issues of women with those of our male counterparts. This same consideration also focuses on care for infants and children and the need for affordable family health insurance. Surely Catholic leaders and conservative evangelicals agree with this equality.

At issue then, is religious doctrine and the “protection” of religious freedom. Extending the freedom for

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May
22nd

RELIGION: Catholic women must not be silent

Re: “Catholic institutions sue over birth control” (TNT, 5-22).

I cannot believe that all the women in the Catholic Church do not use some sort of birth control. They should be ashamed to stand by in silence to this blatant attack on women.

When will they stand up to the all-male hierarchy in the church and take back the place that is rightfully theirs?

Women should have absolute control over what they choose to do with their bodies. They are allowing men who knowingly condoned child sexual abuse to make decisions for them and their daughters.

 

April
2nd

BIRTH CONTROL: Humane way to curb population

Anyone who follows the news has, no doubt, noticed the very spirited debate on contraception – to use or not to use, to fund or not to fund. And after a month or so of charges and counter-charges – faith-based, secular and political – it seems to have ended in a stalemate.

Whether women gained additional rights or insurance-covered contraception, I’m not sure, but I do believe they won a moral victory. Daring to speak truth to power was courageous and, in time, I believe, will benefit all of us.

As fellow inhabitants of an overcrowded planet, we all face

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March
28th

ABORTION: It’s time to reaffirm women’s reproductive rights

People who refuse to acknowledge the need for women to have access to safe abortions have their heads in the sand. Let’s be clear: No one likes abortions. But people like to have sex, and having sex leads to conceiving babies, not all of them desired.

The best way to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions is to educate people about the consequences of having sex and to make sure they have access to affordable contraception – something, strangely, those who are most opposed to abortions don’t want to hear about, preferring to think people will magically give up on sex,

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March
26th

BIRTH CONTROL: Religion doesn’t belong in politics or health care business

Re: “Hundreds protest contraception rule” (TNT, 3-24).

I am outraged by religious fanatics who want to impose their views on everyone else. Why can’t they wait for the afterlife for the rest of us to get our comeuppance? Why don’t they work on living up to their own principles instead of trying so hard to make everyone else abide by them?

Contraceptive and reproductive health care are services that women pay for when they buy health insurance. They shouldn’t have to pay twice just because they are women.

I would remind the religious community that churches are forbidden to

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March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: OK to pay for Viagra but not contraception?

Almost as soon as the FDA gave the OK on Viagra, insurance companies paid for it and the Catholic Church said it was acceptable for parishioners to use.

Here it is the 21st century, and women still don’t have autonomy over their own bodies. If men got pregnant, birth control would be a God-given right.

March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: Religion doesn’t get to call the shots

Re: “A much larger issue is at stake” (letter, 3-3).

The letter quoted the First Amendment as support for the viewpoint that laws affecting health care (contraception mandate) somehow negatively impact one’s ability to exercise one’s freedom of religion.

Ironically, the same quoted constitutional amendment is at stake in the eyes of those supporting the contraception mandate. In order to keep separate church and state, the government cannot allow religion or religious ideas to determine the law or enactment thereof (Larkin v. Grendel’s Den, 1982).

Laws regarding the rights of people can be disagreed with by church officials, but

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