EDITOR: Greg De Gennaro ("Secular attacks," Letters, Feb. 12) said he doesn't understand what contraception and abortion have to do with women's health. I suggest he read "The Pill, John Rock, and the Church — the Biography of a Revolution" by Loretta McLaughlin.

Dr. John Rock, called the Father of the Pill, was a Roman Catholic and father of a large family. In his practice, he had seen too many women die in childbirth or suffer from ill health while struggling to raise large families. He viewed obtaining approval of the pill from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as his job to preserve the family and the family of man.

As to abortion, let's not forget the lessons learned from Prohibition and encourage the return of back-alley abortion mills.


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Victims identified in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino fires

Sonoma County:

Karen Aycock, 56, Santa Rosa

Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa

Linda Tunis, 69, Santa Rosa

Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa

Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa

Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa

Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa

Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield

Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, Santa Rosa

Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, Apple Valley (vacationing in Santa Rosa)

Michael John Dornbach, 57, rural Calistoga

Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa

Carmen Colleen McReynolds, 82, Santa Rosa

Sharon Rae Robinson, 79, Santa Rosa

Mike Grabow, 40, Santa Rosa

Daniel Martin Southard, 71, Santa Rosa

Lee Chadwick Roger, 72, Glen Ellen

Mendocino County:

Roy Howard Bowman, 87, Redwood Valley

Irma Elsie Bowman, 88, Redwood Valley

Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley

Napa County:

George Chaney, 89, Napa

Edward Stone, 79, Napa

Charles Rippey, 100, Napa

Sara Rippey, 98, Napa

Sally Lewis, 90, Napa

Teresa Santos, 50, Napa

Garrett Paiz, 38, Missouri