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First Amendment rights should be respected

This debate is about private and religious groups, as well as individual employers, being forced to provide these products as part of “preventative care.”

It prompts the questions: What “disease” do these products prevent? How could a pill that’s classified by the World Health Organization as a Group 1 carcinogen be included as “preventative care?” We’re not debating about emergency blood transfusions or liver transplants here — we’re talking about avoiding pregnancy. Last I knew, contraceptives were available at the local Stewart’s just above the Rolaids.

Finally, Dr. Macco’s taking Mr. Alexander to task for his alleged misuse of terms distracts from the point of his article. Regardless of anyone’s differing viewpoints on the use of these drugs, it is an obvious, flagrant violation of the First Amendment to force a religious group to participate in something that violates their religious beliefs.

Tom Grace

Warrensburg

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