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Regarding “Protest Imbalance” (Jan. 25 letters): The writer laments that the protests she has attended have never received the coverage in the PG in comparison with the March for Life held Jan. 22 (and on that note, please allow me to thank the PG for the coverage).

Believe me that even if all the protests the writer mentions were not covered as well in print, they were more than covered in the mainstream media. Conversely, the March for Life (which brings out hundreds of thousands year after year on one of the coldest days) struggles for any coverage at all.

Those who attend the March for Life are beyond passionate about this cause. These are people who believe that an unborn child is a distinct human being whose “rights” supersede “reproductive freedom” and “women’s health care.”

Her citing the Catholic Church as wrongly using its tax-exempt status to fight against “reproductive rights” is just sad. I am proud of the Catholic Church’s steadfast participation in this unpopular fight. You can call it by any name you want, but bottom line — “reproductive freedom” and “reproductive rights” do not come without consequence: a baby’s life destroyed and years of emotional pain for victimized women (and their partners).

The writer’s last paragraph said it all: “There are plenty of people who find the anti-abortion forces repellent.” My prayer is that we may all step back and look at the big picture: 56 million lives gone since Roe v. Wade — lives for which we are responsible.

Castle Shannon

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