Birth control benefits community

01/03/2014 7:10 AM

01/02/2014 2:25 PM

Re "Justice delays health law's birth control mandate" (Page A8, Jan. 1): Pregnancy demands fall on the mother, not the business owners. These demands have far-reaching consequences on all concerned. Reduced or divided income too often creates poverty for the family. Typically, this result is borne by the community. Education for the mother and the children is hampered or curtailed, which is also a problem borne by the citizens. Given the decades-long and worldwide acceptance of birth control, the benefits have far outweighed any risks, as determined by patients themselves. For the minority of women who choose rhythm as contraception, they have already come to a simple answer. They do not buy other forms of contraception.

-- Jon W. Candy M.D., Loomis

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