How overruling Roe v. Wade is just the first step backward for the country

When I was attending the University of Texas in the early 1960s, state law forbade prescribing contraceptives to an unmarried woman unless she was going to get married within 10 days. This law was enforced and obeyed. To obtain the pill, women had to go to a doctor and claim to be about to get married. Some doctors went along with it; some threw the girl out. It was a nerve-racking experience.

And now that the Supreme Court has discarded Roe v. Wade and Justice Clarence Thomas has advocated going after contraception next, do not imagine that some state legislatures anxious to please the Christian right would not resurrect such laws.

Diane Ames, San Rafael

Religious schools help

I agree with the Supreme Court. Using taxpayers money to help religious schools is not establishing religion. It is acknowledging that religion is part of American society. It does not lead to establishing an American religion.

Public education in the United States is poorly funded. It is in the worst condition it has ever been. The Catholic school system rose from poorly educated nuns and priests running them. Their teachers and administrators are now well-educated, fairly well-paid professionals. Funding those schools can augment and improve education in the public schools.

Helping to improve public education by assisting Catholic, Jewish or Muslim schools is not establishing a religion. It does not mean we have state religion like in Spain, England and Israel. Helping religious schools is a way of improving American education.

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