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Abortion and birth control

Concerning the recent letters to the editor on abortion and the organization Planned Parenthood: What are the facts concerning abortion and Planned Parenthood?

There are organizations that take the position that not only should abortion be abolished but also that birth control should also be abolished. The Catholic Church is one of these organizations.

The Catholic Church states that because of birth control medicines used over the last 80 years, a large amount of humans were not conceived. The usage of birth control prevents human life from coming into existence. Also the human female naturally aborts approximately 60 percent of fertilized ovums, as her body’s immune system rejects the fertilized ovum as a foreign body.

Because of the above, prior to 1965, birth control medicines were illegal in about half of our states. These laws overturned in 1967 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Abortion was legalized in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Concerning Planned Parenthood, abortions represent 3 percent of total services provided by that organization. Also, those abortions are not funded by the U.S. government. Primary services provided by Planned Parenthood are for contraception, treatment and tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screening and other women’s health services.

Mark Johnson

Nine Mile Falls

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