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Web letter by Shanie Dittus: ‘Women’s health is a personal and private responsibility’

I am writing in response to the Rev. Mark Gurtner’s article, “Birth control, abortion enslaving” (March 3). He states, “The use of contraception in marriage has not liberated the woman, but rather leads her to enslavement, leads her to being an object to be used, even by her husband.” I am very concerned at the rhetoric that Gurtner is sharing.

I want Gurtner to understand: I am a happily married woman/mother who uses birth control. I do not feel “used” by my husband, as he has indicated. In fact, it does not make a difference in our relationship because our relationship is built upon love, trust, commitment and understanding. Birth control is a personal right, and it does not enslave me or the millions of women who use it. I find birth control to be a responsible act, especially when a family cannot financially afford another child.

Women’s health is a personal and private responsibility. I fear the current attack on women’s health rights are not only a distraction from the important issues of our time but also political fodder for the election season. Gurtner is certainly entitled to voice his opinion regarding the use of birth control. But as a woman, mother and a wife, I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree.


Fort Wayne