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Continued: Readers Write: (July 2): Waseca, contraception, immigration office location

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Although it may not have been their intention, the justices, by ruling for Hobby Lobby, ensured a considerably higher rate of abortions than would result if the contraceptive rule were enforced. In a St. Louis experiment in 2012, with 9,000 women provided free contraceptives, the abortion rate per 1,000 dropped to 4.4, compared with 20 nationwide. Teen pregnancies also dropped precipitously. Contraception has proved to be considerably more effective than “just say no” when it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancies. Perhaps a boycott of Hobby Lobby would get the company to see the light.

Robert Veitch, Richfield

 

IMMIGRATION

A helpful decision on office location

We wholeheartedly welcome the news that the federal government’s immigration offices will remain in place near adequate access to public transportation (“Feds reverse course on moving vital Minnesota immigration office,” StarTribune.com, July 1).

We know from almost 30 years of working in our community that public transportation is an absolute necessity for refugees struggling to lead healthy and productive lives. In fact, our torture survivor clients rely on the bus to access services at our St. Paul Healing Center.

For refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants seeking safety and desiring to contribute fully in family, community and economic life here, we should be reducing barriers, not creating them.

Minnesota, and especially the Twin Cities, has a well-deserved reputation as a most welcoming home for some of the largest refugee and immigrant populations in the country. We commend those members of our congressional delegation and all others who came together to resolve this matter in a way that is consistent with our proud tradition as a place where our new neighbors feel at home.

Andrea Northwood, St. Paul

 

The writer is director of client services at the Center for Victims of Torture.

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