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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