I write in support of the letter submitted by the Rev. Danielle Bartz from Winslow (“Men shouldn’t dictate women’s health care,” Feb. 28).

For nearly 10 years, I was the associate minister of the First Congregational Church of Waterville, U.C.C.

Since that time, my family and I have moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Even though we live in another country, my voting power is held in Waterville, which we consider to be home.

I have followed this issue where a committee composed completely of men was appointed to make national decisions about women’s health and contraceptives.

I join my voice in support of Bartz, telling the people that our government, of the United States of America, represents all people, including women. Women have an equal voice in our government, and it should be the same equal voice for equal health care especially concerning contraception. Women’s health should not be dictated by men alone.

I write to the newspaper because it is important to me that the people of Maine and the United States realize that these decisions effect all U.S. citizens as well as the people and governments around the world who follow the news from our country.

I am proud of my country and want to ensure that we are leaders not followers when it comes to equal rights for all people.

The Rev. Martha McDowell

Waterville and

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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