Letter: Pregnancy decision a personal matter

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As a nonbeliever, I try to follow President Thomas Jefferson’s idea of what doesn’t pick my pocket or break my leg shouldn’t bother me. However, two letters on Feb. 11 move me to comment. I don’t really care who can marry who, who marries who, or who bows to what.

However, having spent time in Brazil and the West Indies, I’ve seen the results of the churches’ policy on contraception. A high birth rate of the lower-income groups leads to limited education and opportunities and, at times, hunger.

I had great hope that Pope Francis would be able to change many of the outdated policies, but it appears the Vatican bureaucracy is adamantly against this. Too bad. Free reproductive services should be available to all, both male and female. Let all children be wanted.

There is one main reason for abortion: unwanted pregnancy. I got an unwanted lesson in child-rearing, as my wife died when our son was 10, so I have an idea of the responsibility.

Conception, birth and death are far too important to leave only to political and religious leaders. It should be a personal or family matter, with assistance and guidance as requested.

BEN JUHL, WEST PALM BEACH