A way to protect mother and child
The column "Why Roe is the keystone of rights" (Sunday) brought up many good points for people of conscience to consider. Questions about prenatal care, early-childhood development, and the need to provide support for pregnant women and newborns all need to be raised. I was reminded of different questions raised by the late Gov. Robert P. Casey, in his 1996 autobiography, Fighting for Life, which tells the story of the double transplant he underwent, as well as his advocacy for the unborn. This passage is from his book:
"We can talk on and on about the problems facing children: abusive parents, malnourishment, neglect. But almost always these social ills are just signs of a deeper malady. I would even say that in our culture today there is a callousness, a meanness toward the child - a violent streak slowly spreading out across society. Let me say it directly: Abortion is the ultimate violence. We worry about the social problem of violence. We read of abandoned children, abused children, children molested or killed, children themselves committing acts of violence. Where did this spirit come from? How has life come to seem so cheap? I believe it's not only possible, it's inevitable. If a child in the womb, the most innocent thing on earth, is not safe - then who is? If as a nation we don't revere that child, that innocence, what will make us revere any life?"