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Letter to the Editor

Writer Counters "Hannah" Letter with Free condoms, birth control, and more

web posted November 15, 2012

May I jump in here and respond to Hannah P. Mosely's opinion letter on November 6, 2012? First of all, for a 16 year old, it was a remarkable and mature opinion. I congratulate her thinking and her faith as a Christian.

But she touches on something that has long confused me. If the overriding concern is the survival of the unborn baby, why is birth control and contraception fought against so vehemently:

Why not teach birth control to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers, who are the ones who so desperately need to be talking about it. Why not pass out condoms to middle-schoolers and high schoolers, both boys and girls. Why not get girls free access to birth control products: the Pill, IUDs, Antiviral foams, etc.

Providing abortions is a small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does, less than 10% I think I've read; maybe less than 5%

Teaching abstinence is fine, and part of a parent's job and their church, if they go to church.

But more and more children don't have a church in their life to lead them. More and more sons and daughters may not have a strong presence in their lives to guide them.

Their only guide to avoid pregnancy is birth control and discovering enough respect for themselves to avoid random sex, which they may find in birth-control classes with their peers..

This may go against you and your church's teaching, but if we truly care about not killing unborn babies then we will seek to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

Let me say that again ... If we care about not killing unborn babies, then we will seek to avoid unwanted pregnancies.'

Gideon Mizell
Marietta, GA 30064

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