To the Editors:
The members of R.A.F.T., the Rational Association of Free Thinkers, welcome the conversation begun by students last week, responding to the Oct. 7 event staged by Students for Life. As Fairfield’s new club for those who endorse the secular point of view, we feel that accurate information about sexuality and an evidence-based approach to decision-making should be encouraged. We are therefore heartened that students have questioned the characterization of Planned Parenthood imposed by Students for Life.
Reproductive freedom has become a highly politicized topic. But for those of us with a secular orientation, accurate information about sex, sexuality, contraception and yes — abortion — is necessary for each of us to navigate this issue. We encourage students to seek accurate information from trained health care providers when making decisions about sex and reproduction.
In our view, a clear-eyed examination of the natural world — in all its complexity — is the best guide for making the world a safe and respectful place, for all of this earth’s creatures.
Associate Professor of History