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Papal Contraceptive Ban

July 27, 1993

* Today's article on the new papal document Veritatis Splendor states that "the church approves only the rhythm method of birth control . . . " (July 10). The rhythm method has not been taught in the Catholic Church for decades. I suggest your writers educate themselves on the methods used throughout the world during this time: the ovulation and symptothermal methods. The rhythm method was unreliable because it relied on the woman having regular menstruations, whereas modern methods are effective and do not require any regularity on the part of the woman.

RICHARD WETZEL MD

Huntington Beach

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