Sen. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy
has died at age 77.
Long-time Catholic League member Tom Dennelly wrote to Senator Edward Kennedy in 1971 expressing his views on abortion (this was a year-and-a-half before Roe v. Wade). In a letter dated August 3, 1971, Senator Kennedy replied; excerpts appear below.
“While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized—the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.
“On the question of the individual’s freedom of choice there are easily available birth control methods and information which women may employ to prevent or postpone pregnancy. But once life has begun, no matter at what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire.
“When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.”
What happened to Ted Kennedy? How can a person's value system have such a complete turn around? I can't answer that.
As I was surfing the net this morning, I scanned some websites commenting on Ted Kennedy's life and death. Some sites are using very hateful speech. This "hate" leads us nowhere. We Christians know - we are not to judge, only God can do that. Soldiers in the pro-life movement need to move on. There is work to be done.
I offer my condolences to the Kennedy family. They have certainly endured their share of suffering.