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For an educated man, Andrew Gerenyi uses some convoluted and groundless arguments in “Backward on Liberty” (Feb. 13 letters). He accuses the Catholic Church (in addition to comparing it to tribes that practiced cannibalism and human sacrifice) of opposing “a nonbeliever’s choice to use birth preventatives.” No, only to having to pay for it. What is hard to understand about that?

Also, he states it is a fact that the value of a human life is “not discernible until decades after inception.” Since when is this a fact? The church clearly teaches that a human life is inherently valuable, and therefore should be protected from conception until natural death. For this reason, the church chooses not to be forced to pay for any drug or procedure which would prevent or end such a life.

Yes, Hitler began as a “zygote,” but so did Beethoven, Einstein, Pope Francis and you.

KURT RIEDEL
Regent Square


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