The pope and Catholic cardinals and bishops all practice birth control. They call it "celibacy."
If anyone else practices the same birth control method, that would represent, borrowing from a Feb. 15 letter writer, an appalling abstinence denying "countless human beings the right to be conceived."
Leave it to a man to describe abstinence from "life-affirming sex" as a tragedy of "untold billions of children" denied their right to conception. (Come to think of it, that suggests a great name for a singles pickup bar, LAST: "Life-Affirming Sex Tavern.")
The "rights" of the pre-conceived? Hmm. That might be, we guess, the rights of the twinkle in potential daddy's eye 10 minutes after he takes his Viagra, which is covered by insurance.
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Another letter writer that same day hopes for a time when the pope is a woman, 50 percent of bishops and cardinals are women, etc. She needs to come up with a concise slogan -- a bumper sticker to go next to this one: "We'll believe a corporation is an individual when Texas executes one."
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