Letters to the Editor

Family planning

March 12, 2012

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To the editor:

When Craig Tucker writes in his March 4 letter that every Catholic he knows practices birth control, was he referring to natural family planning or the use of contraceptive devices? Clarification would have been good. I would hope sincere, practicing Catholics would not have chosen the latter.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

"I was raised a Catholic and every Catholic I knew practiced birth control!" - Craig Tucker

Maybe they only did it when they were with him.

Michael LoBurgio 3 years, 1 month ago

If alter boys could get pregnant the catholic church would be handing out birth control to alter boys like communion wafers!

Michael LoBurgio 3 years, 1 month ago

Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published on Wednesday showed.

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research organization, shows that only 2 percent of Catholic women, even those who regularly attend church, rely on natural family planning

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/us-contraceptives-religion-idUSTRE73C7W020110413

KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

Re: 98%. They did everything to make it biased, eleminating pregnant women, no woman trying to get preg, etc. Can't remember all the other, but it made for a very False Report. The liberals sure like to use that for their propaganda.

deec 3 years, 1 month ago

How is it biased if they eliminated women who want to get pregnant, or are already pregnant? The birth control habits of people who are intentionally breeding or attempting to breed would be irrelevant to the habits of those intentionally avoiding reproduction, since they would not be using birth control. The conservatives sure like to twist reality and common sense for their propaganda.

KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

Their headline will say: 98% of women.. I should instead be: 98% of those we selected.

That is how 'statistics' lie.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

That's not what their headline said. You must have not read the article.

It is 98% of sexually active Catholic women and that is who the study focused on.

jafs 3 years, 1 month ago

Did it eliminate all those women trying to get pregnant, or pregnant, etc.?

If so, then it's still a bit misleading.

But, it's a minor point - many Catholics don't follow the RC church's teachings about birth control.

Michael LoBurgio 3 years, 1 month ago

Brownback: ‘Go work somewhere else’ if you want contraception

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has a simple solution for women who work for religious institutions that refuse to cover birth control: Find a new job.

During a call-in show on C-SPAN Monday morning, a woman named Doris from Osawatomie, Kansas told Brownback that she was worried that he wanted to turn back the clock on women’s rights. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/27/brownback-go-work-somewhere-else-if-you-want-contraception/#.T01il8auXSc.twitter

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 1 month ago

And here in this LTE you have the big problem with Christians in a nutshell. Obsessed upon monitoring and controlling the actions and private decisions of others.

KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

Since you didn't get a good night sleep, I can understand why you have trouble reading the LTE. Repeating your post doesn't help your view.

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 1 month ago

And here in this LTE you have the big problem with Christians in a nutshell. Obsessed upon monitoring and controlling the actions and private decisions of others.

KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

False. The LTE said nothing about 'monitoring' or 'controlling'.

"Clarification would have been good. I would hope sincere, practicing Catholics would not have chosen the latter." Clarification and following moral practices is what is hoped for and encouraged.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Matthew Chapter 7, verses 3, 4, 5: "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

Luke Chapter 6, verses 41, 42: "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye."

KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

I know those quotes from scripture, what they apply to, and how to interpet the meaning. As for this LTE and my comment: your post is IRELEVENT!

Ragingbear 3 years, 1 month ago

Q: What do you call a Catholic that claims they follow every Catholic rule all the time, to the letter?

A: A liar.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

Here we go again. Womanhood is being laid low by evil Catholics or Republicans. Really?? The recent requirement to cover reproductive services issued under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act establishes for the first time such a national requirement. Up until now the coverage offered by health insurance within a state was up to the state. At best only three states require such coverage without providing a religious belief exemption.

Bottom line is that no one is being denied anything by anybody. A new requirement has been levied and we are arguing about it. The issue will undoubtedly end up in court. One need ask why such a fuss and my conclusion is that it is a political ploy to win votes from women by framing the issue as a deliberate attack upon them as a class

From my perspective I find it difficult to understand why intelligent and educated women would fall for this ploy. The notion of free is at best speculatively. Somebody will pay. Either the tax payers or the health insurance participant. For those working to better themselves who expect a professional career with a good level of remuneration this requirement will hit them in their taxes and in their premiums. Do any of you expect the combined costs will be less than what they pay now?

As far as the Catholic Church is impacted, there is no requirement under the Affordable Care Act that they provide health insurance at all. They can just pay a relatively small fine. So the likely outcome of this mandate if upheld by the courts is that the church will no longer provide insurance to employees who of course will be free to seek it under the other provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

I guess the half million or so woman actually affected by the church’s concern with providing certain reproductive services will be better off paying their own way.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

There are at last 20 plus ways to practice birth control. So whatever works so long as we reduce abortions.

When politicians and some fundies come out against birth control are they against reduction in abortions? against women? or against having sex? or all 3?

One thing is certain they do love big government in the sex lives of others! These bogus repubs are all about more and more big government.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

What is the difference between natural family planning and the use of contraceptive devices? The intent is the same and both methods are used to thwart nature.

Agnes 3 years, 1 month ago

When I talk to pro-life friends, what I hear is "We don't know when life begins." And "Tens of thousands of innocent souls in America [millions if you count other countries] with an afterlife have been lost to abortion." My answer: "You assume there is a soul and an afterlife and want to enact civil laws on the basis of your religious assumptions?" I haven't had the heart to ask them, "Well, based on these assumptions, if those souls were innocent, then they're in heaven, right? But if they are born and mature to the age of reason (and the free will to sin or not), then what are their odds (of going to heaven)?" I don't dare say "How would those millions impact world population, pollution, global warming, crime, the unemployment rate, etc." These problems may not be reasons to have abortions, but they certainly are reasons to consider family size, something no politician has had the b---- to address.

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