In "To have or have not . . . children," columnist Kathleen Parker ponders Michelangelo's life as a parent with the distractions that accompany being surrounded "by a half-dozen hungry mouths."

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She then notes that Michelangelo's mother did not have ready access to abortion. Seeing that Parker wishes to apply modern hot-button issues to events that happened more than 500 years ago, it's worth noting that whether a couple starts a family hasn't always been a logical, conscious, freely made choice.

Curt Friehs, Oyster Bay