In his Feb. 2 commentary on the suit by the Little Sisters of the Poor against the “contraception” mandate, Malcolm Potts omitted pertinent facts (“About the health benefits of contraception”).
To his credit, Potts admitted that the Catholic Church and the nuns have no objection to physicians providing contraceptives to cure organic diseases.
However, pregnancy is not an organic disease, and both consider contraceptives to prevent pregnancy morally illicit. The mandate also requires the nuns to pay for insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs and devices and for elective sterilization, also considered to be morally illicit.
While listing health benefits of contraceptives, Potts mentioned none of their drawbacks. The National Cancer Institute and many studies indicate that oral contraceptives are associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer (contrary to Potts’ assertion), cervical cancer and liver tumors. An agency of the World Health Organziation has stated, “artificial contraceptives are carcinogenic on a par with cigarettes and asbestos.”
The Physicians’s Desk Reference notes that oral contraceptives increase the risk of blood clots three to 11 times. In 2013, there were 1,163 suits against NuvaRing and over 200 suits against the IUD Mirena because of their alleged negative health effects.
Potts neglects to mention that at least nine non-Catholic religious entities have also voiced disapproval of the mandate or filed suits against it, since it violates their religious and moral beliefs.
Raymond J. Adamek
Good neighbors shovel snow
Thank you for the article about the loss of love for our neighbors in the form of keeping our walks clear of snow and ice (“Safe sidewalks slip through the cracks,” Feb. 4).
If our kids can’t walk safely to school, the parents drive them.
If the parents drive them, they aren’t home to shovel their sidewalks.
If parents don’t shovel their walks, more kids are driven to school and don’t get exercise because they don’t have physical education classes and aren’t in shape as teenagers to shovel elderly neighbors’ sidewalks.
If they never learn the benefit of walking and snow shoveling, they become obese and drive their cars everywhere, and when they become snowplow operators, they carelessly pile snow on sidewalks.
Don’t let our kids become careless, overweight snowplow drivers. Shovel your sidewalks or hire a teenager to do it. It is a sign of good citizenship and a love of neighbor.
The announced reason for building the Keystone XL pipeline is to transport oil from Canadian oil fields to refineries in Texas.
Why not build a pipeline that extends four or five miles into the United States and erect refineries at that location?
Construction workers would be employed to build the refineries, and, subsequently, workers would be hired to operate the refineries.
Maybe this is too simplistic a solution, but it makes sense to me.
I am writing in response to the Jan. 29 letter “Give the Browns a full makeover.”
You can put lipstick on a dog (dawg?) all day, but at the end of the day, it’s still a dog.
John Paparella Sr.