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Matter of conscience

August 5, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

I am responding to the letter to the editor from Patrick Brennan where he addresses Catholic women and their access to birth control. Patrick brought to the surface in me, my dilemma as a Catholic woman.

I joined the Catholic Church in 1974 and it was a wonderful decision. My worship and practice strengthened my faith and relationship with God and Jesus. I have belonged to an active, vibrant parish where the actions of the members are an inspiration to me. I can see God's work being done every day through the people of my parish.

When I joined the Catholic Church and asked about my use of contraceptives, I was told I could respectfully dissent from this teaching of the Church. So, my use of contraceptives as a young woman never separated me from my faith.

Now I find myself advocating that Catholic women of child bearing years have access to contraceptives as I did. I would like to see a discussion about contraceptives within the Catholic Church.

I panic when I think of Patrick Brennan withholding access to contraceptives from young women. His religious faith which has brought him, and I assume his wife, to the conclusion of no contraceptives for them is commendable.

But I think this decision should not impact the young women who buy insurance from his company. I believe insurance should cover contraceptives for young women. If not, those that can afford the extra payment will buy it, but those that can't afford the extra payment will go without contraceptives.

I try very hard to be a faithful Catholic. As I pray and ask for an open heart, this public letter on a very personal issue is what came into my being. Thank you for letting me share.

Sandy Bonsall




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