Protecting public health is indeed a moral good

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Regarding the recent flap over Riley County Health Department providing family planning services to county residents, Riley County Commissioner Ron Wells is indeed correct that the County Commission is not the county’s “moral police.” Nonetheless, I fail to see why his colleagues on the commission, Marvin Rodriguez and Ben Wilson, should be permitted to present their position as the only “moral” position regarding family planning.
As a Christian, I strongly support the health department in its family planning efforts. Providing contraceptives to county citizens helps bring county citizens to greater wholeness and health, which is a moral good. Providing those services for free helps ensure that people are not pushed into unhealthy sexual activity simply for not having enough money to afford family planning services. This is also a moral good.
People of faith and goodwill can and do disagree about many topics related to human sexuality. However, across wide differences, many religious groups affirm that human sexuality is a gift from God. Studies show time and time again that the vast majority of people in this country — religious or otherwise — support the use of contraceptives.
I care about moral public policy, and for that reason I support the health department as it offers family planning services. True, the County Commission isn’t the moral police. But if it were, it should lead to nothing less than full-throated support for family planning in this county.
Sean Weston 712 Elling Drive

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