To The Editor:

I wanted to make a respectful reply to former Missourian columnist Charles G. Coy’s letter regarding that birth control should not be part of the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Coy wrote “Birth control is not part of health care per se ... This issue of contraception is just one of the reasons the Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that will not happen, but they have a point that those parts of the Act that are not related to health care should be eliminated.”

Unfortunately, the real world isn’t so simple on this issue and here is a case in point: A young single conservative friend of mine, Mary, very much wanted to get married and have children.

Experiencing severe pelvic pain, Mary went to her gynecologist who diagnosed that Mary had endometriosis, a very serious and painful incurable gynecological condition that leads to sterility.

The gynecologist suggested that Mary take birth control pills since they treat endometriosis, including delaying sterility. Fortunately, Mary’s company-provided health insurance paid for her birth control pills.

I say fortunately because Mary later met a man, fell in love with him, and married him. Mary then went off her birth control pills so she could get pregnant.

Today, 20 years later, Mary is the mother of two sons — sons who are alive today because taking those pills prevented Mary’s early sterility from her endometriosis.

I don’t want to sound political, but it is oversimplifications such as those described in Mr. Coy’s letter that cause many women to believe that the Republican Party has a “War on Women.”

For each of us, our health care choices are a private matter between ourselves, our doctors, and our pharmacists.

We should be free to make our health care choices and not have them limited by or dictated to us by governments, churches, or the uninformed who have no stake in the outcome.