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Letter: Birth control benefits our world

To the Editor:

People forget the 2005 U.S. States Census Bureau mortality study that determined about 305 Minnesota, 451 Wisconsin and 220 Iowa residents die each year simply because they don’t have health insurance. If you add up the deaths in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 44,840 American die each year simply because they don’t have health insurance.

The Minnesota Legislature and the governor made it a priority to pass the Minnesota Health Exchange part of the Affordable Care Act to stop these needless deaths.

Republicans, who focused on other people’s bedrooms and efforts to disenfranchise voters during the two years they were in charge of both the Minnesota House and Senate, have nothing but criticism for the legislation.

Nationwide, the Republicans focus on four Americans killed in Benghazi because they want people to believe they are concerned about Americans needlessly dying while the House Republicans pass legislation to stop the Affordable Care Act to keep 44,840 American people dying each year. They don’t say all those people dying are good for business, but they do imply taking steps to stop those deaths is bad for business.

Republicans say they are concerned about the number of abortions each year but also oppose birth control.

Opposition to birth control goes back to biblical times when excess children were commodities that could be bought and sold. Today, excess children make people poor and hungry.

There are multiple methods of birth control available that women can decide on with their doctors that would eliminate conception and abortions.

My background is physical science but I know people with biological science backgrounds that say if you start a culture in a petri dish it will grow slowly, thrive and then collapse. Planet earth is kind of a gigantic petri dish and we are the culture.

Bruce L. Montpaisir

Altura, Minn.