To the editor:

As states now step up and speak up for the rights of the unborn, Planned Parenthood is having a fit. They know that soon the Supreme Court might finally undo the grave damage caused by the faulty and ill-advised Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. ...

The opinions of the Supreme Court matter greatly to the future of our society. Supreme Court justices must take this responsibility much more seriously this time around. Life matters and life is priceless. Ask any dying patient and he might tell you, “What I wouldn’t give for one more day!” This is the reason why, today, the sanctity and dignity of life must be honored as the cornerstone upon which all justice is built.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Believers in a creator have always asserted that the value of each human life derives from the fact that all humans are stamped with God’s image.

Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 80 million unborn children have perished in the United States of America. Only 7% of these women cited medical concerns, rape or incest as their reasons. That should tell us something significant about this “choice.”

If my objection sounds overblown, listen to the words of Margaret Sanger, an early champion of birth control and eugenics. “Through sex, mankind may attain the great spiritual illumination which will transform the world, which will light up the only path to an earthly paradise.” Some paradise!

It is tragic how the privilege of having children and a family has lost much of its luster to some who no longer value children and family. ...Talk of overpopulation has convinced too many that “people are the enemy.” Pro-choice proponents even suggest that we eliminate the unborn in a more civilized manner by proposing the “morning after pill.” They call this progress. Professor Stanislaw Lec, an authority on ethics, rightfully asks, “Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?” No matter how it is done, an abortion stops a beating heart.

The goal of the pro-choice lobby is no longer logical debate. They have lost that fight. Anyone who sees an ultrasound of an unborn child knows what is done in an abortion.

Our last election is seen by many as a referendum on society’s tolerance of what has been called a “single issue,” as much as any other issue. Let’s call off all the debate about whether this issue is to divide us or unite us in protecting human life. Jefferson’s clear-cut statement is worth repeating: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

John J. Kwiatek

Beverly