I would like to offer a response to the letter published Sunday, April 8, written by Delma Craig.
Ms. Craig, it saddened me to read your letter regarding the mandate requiring insurance companies to pay for contraceptives with no co-pay. I really think it would be an incredibly healing experience if you could find in your heart the same level of Christian love and compassion that motivated President Obama in the drafting of the woman’s health-care mandate.
Several surveys have found that over 90 percent of those of the Catholic faith on a regular basis have used, or are presently using, some form of contraceptive. Surveys show that 65 percent of Americans are in favor of this mandate. Also, 24 states presently have very similar mandates regarding women’s health care with no reported ill effects to any religious faith. With all due respect, I find it hard to believe that it is such a major issue as you have made it to be.
As 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, I support this mandate in the belief, and hope, it will greatly reduce the number of abortions, as well as reduce the number of unloved and unwanted babies brought into this world to be raised in abusive, dysfunctional homes. Hopefully, an added benefit would be that it will help unload our overloaded health-care system.