Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Candidates can't overlook voters who are single

Though I never miss an election, your Dec. 17 "excerpts from the Monitor breakfast on unmarried women voters" resonated with me as an unmarried woman.

I always feel alienated by politicians whose speeches and efforts are all about family values and tax incentives for families. Single people, both women and men, are not just underrepresented, we are not even on the radar screen. We are a nation that values individual initiative and responsibility, but politicians address and respond only to family needs.

As citizens, single people should all be concerned about the critical needs of providing good education and child care to America's families, but we also have our own special concerns as well and they are never addressed by politicians.

As the interview correctly points out, many single women are at the lowest income levels and are therefore most vulnerable. Politicians would do well to recognize the growing number of single people at all economic levels who feel we are out of the loop. Susan Karp New York

Coverage for contraceptives

Before reading your Dec. 4 article "Legal Battles Over 'Contraceptive Equity,'" I thought that whether insurance plans provide coverage for prescription contraceptives was a trivial issue and just a matter of money.

But I was outraged when I learned that within seven weeks of Viagra's approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 more than 90 percent of insurance plans covered it.

If men have such easy access to an inessential drug that doesn't exactly save lives, then women should have a similar right extended to them. I do not understand why states have not passed laws requiring coverage for prescription contraceptives.

Regarding the issue of religious groups who want exemptions, I think that their viewpoint is sound and should be honored. I applaud the New York state senate, whose bill required employers to offer prescription contraceptives, but exempted religious employers who employ and serve only people who share the same religious beliefs. …

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