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Letter: By definition, ‘pro-lifers’ should also be pro-mask

Letter: By definition, ‘pro-lifers’ should also be pro-mask

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Jefferson County Health Department debates mandatory masks

Jefferson County residents protest against a mask mandate outside the Jefferson County Health Department in Hillsboro as board members are set to make a mask decision on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Hillsboro police officers stood between supporters and opponents of the mandate during a few heated exchanges. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

I ask Missourians to consider that wearing a mask is pro-life statement. As a Catholic, I uphold the dignity of human life. Scientific studies prove that a mask protects people around us more that it protects the wearer. Wearing a mask says, “I care about your life. I care about the life of those you love.”

The Rev. James Martin puts it this way: “The question comes down to this: Are you really pro-life? Do you reverence all lives — the check-out clerk as much as the unborn child?” If people are pro-life, they should be pro-mask.

Catherine Swanstrom • St. Louis

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