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It was Aubrey Reinhardt’s last year at university. So when things started getting serious with her boyfriend, she decided to find out about birth control options. That's when things got complicated.

I am so exhausted with the GOP's efforts to deny birth control to women and President Donald Trump's latest efforts to allow businesses to make these health care decisions for their employees ("Will Trump kill the ACA contraceptive mandate?" May 31). It still makes no sense to me that people who are pro-life would be against birth control! Why don't you want to prevent pregnancy?

Even though women use birth control for a variety of medical reasons that have nothing to do with pregnancy, this ridiculous issue remains. Let's call this what it is — this is about controlling women. If this were a religious freedom issue, then other religions could also demand that people not be allowed to have blood work or not be given medical care at all. It's strange that religious freedom is only used for Christian religions.

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I wish that everyone employed by Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor could quit their jobs, but I know this is not realistic. No one should be allowed to make medical decisions for a competent person, but this is exactly what President Trump wants to see happen. As a Christian, I am appalled by this. Maybe the Little Sisters of the Poor should focus on something important like real live children who are sexually abused in the Catholic Church rather than worrying about birth control, which the ACA doesn't require them to directly fund anyway.

Betsy Schindler, Baltimore

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