Weighing in on Contraception

Weighing in on Contraception

"Weighing in on the Contraception Discussion" by the Rev. Eric T. Moore Duff for the Times Standard

Some boundaries are necessary for everyone, or society would fall into anarchy. This is the purpose of government. Abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated. Respect for the rights, freedom and autonomy of others, even those we disagree with, is necessary. Recently we've added the right to safety, including many who have not shared that protection in the past. I wish we could add a right to shelter and food, but we are still a long way from seeing how essential these needs and rights are. We have a responsibility for every person lucky enough to be born; our attention and resources should be focused on them...

Raising a child is a huge commitment for both family and society. I began ministry in Newark, New Jersey, and developed a program for homeless families in the 1980s. I learned a great deal about the investment necessary to see a child through those critical early years. At the time we began this program, there were few options for families without housing. The big cities of the east coast were caught up in a frenzy of urban renewal, and anyone who was unfortunate enough to be disabled or unemployed was out of luck. We developed an infrastructure that included housing, child care and van service (there were no school buses in our part of Newark), along with housing relocation and other support services. When I moved to Humboldt County in 1988, I worked for Humboldt Home Health Services, and among other things had a case-load of patients with AIDS. I learned a great deal about the importance of preventive care.

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