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Mother Teresa's Letter to the US Supreme Court.
http://www.drini.com/motherteresa/own_words/us_court.html ^ | Mother Teresa

Posted on 11/07/2002 9:56:28 PM PST by victim soul

The following brief was filed recently before the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Loce v. New Jersey and Krail et al. v. New Jersey, by Mother Teresa.

I hope you will count it no presumption that I seek your leave to address you on behalf of the unborn child. Like that child I can be considered an outsider. I am not an American citizen.

My parents were Albanian. I was born before the First World War in a part of what was not yet, and is no longer, Yugoslavia.

In many senses I know what it is like to be without a country.

I also know what is like to feel an adopted citizen of other lands. When I was still a young girl I traveled to India.

I found my work among the poor and the sick of that nation, and I have lived there ever since.

Since 1950 I have worked with my many sisters from around the world as one of the Missionaries of Charity. Our congregation now has over four hundred foundations in more that one hundred countries, including the United States of America.

We have almost five thousand sisters.

We care for those who are often treated as outsiders in their own communities by their own neighbors—the starving, the crippled, the impoverished, and the diseased, from the old woman with a brain tumor in Calcutta to the young man with AIDS in New York City.

A special focus of our care are mothers and their children.

This includes mothers who feel pressured to sacrifice their unborn children by want, neglect, despair, and philosophies and government policies that promote the dehumanization of inconvenient human life. And it includes the children themselves, innocent and utterly defenseless, who are at the mercy of those who would deny their humanity.

So, in a sense, my sisters and those we serve are all outsiders together. At the same time, we are supremely conscious of the common bonds of humanity that unite us and transcend national boundaries.

In another sense, no one in the world who prizes liberty and human rights can feel anything but a strong kinship with America. Yours is the one great nation in all of history that was founded on the precept of equal rights and respect for all humankind, for the poorest and weakest of us as well as the richest and strongest.

As your Declaration of Independence put it, in words that have never lost their power to stir the heart: “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” A nation founded on these principles holds a sacred trust: to stand as an example to the rest of the world, to climb ever higher in its practical realization of the ideals of human dignity, brotherhood, and mutual respect.

Your constant efforts in fulfillment of that mission, far more that your size or your wealth or your military might, have made America an inspiration to all mankind.

It must be recognized that your model was never one of realized perfection, but of ceaseless aspiration. From the outset, for example, America denied the African slave his freedom and human dignity. But in time you righted that wrong, albeit at an incalculable cost in human suffering and loss of life.

Your impetus has almost always been toward a fuller, more all embracing conception and assurance of the rights that your founding fathers recognized as inherent and God-given.

Yours has ever been an inclusive, not an exclusive, society.

And your steps, though they may have paused or faltered now and then, have been pointed in the right direction and have trod the right path.

The task has not always been an easy one, and each new generation has faced its own challenges and temptations. But in a uniquely courageous and inspiring way, America has kept faith.

Yet there has been one infinitely tragic and destructive departure from those American ideals in recent memory. It was this Court’s own decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) to exclude the unborn child from the human family. You ruled that a mother, in consultation with her doctor, has broad discretion, guaranteed against infringement by the United States Constitution, to choose to destroy her unborn child.

Your opinion stated that you did not need to “resolve the difficult question of when life begins.” That question is inescapable. If the right to life in an inherent and inalienable right, it must surely exist wherever life exists.

No one can deny that the unborn child is a distinct being, that it is human, and that it is alive. It is unjust, therefore, to deprive the unborn child of its fundamental right to life on the basis of its age, size, or condition of dependency.

It was a sad infidelity to America’s highest ideals when this Court said that it did not matter, or could not be determined, when the inalienable right to life began for a child in its mother’s womb.

America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.

It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society.

It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered domination over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.

And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.

The Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany recently ruled that “the unborn child is entitled to its rights to life independently of acceptance by its mother; this is an elementary and inalienable right that emanates from the dignity of the human being.” Americans may feel justly proud that Germany in 1993 was able to recognize the sanctity of human life.

You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth.

I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world.

Your nation was founded on the proposition—very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight—that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

I urge the Court to take the opportunity presented by the petitions in these cases to consider the fundamental question of when human life begins and to declare without equivocation the inalienable rights which it possesses.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; law; righttolife; supremecourt
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1 posted on 11/07/2002 9:56:29 PM PST by victim soul
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To: victim soul
"I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world.
2 posted on 11/07/2002 9:57:54 PM PST by victim soul
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To: victim soul
Magnificent.

Do you have the date for this letter?

3 posted on 11/07/2002 10:08:34 PM PST by T'wit
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To: victim soul
Does this count towards one of her miracles, writing letters to the Supreme Court several years after her death?
4 posted on 11/07/2002 10:09:07 PM PST by cryptical
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To: victim soul
A very apropos posting to this thoroughly prolife message board.
5 posted on 11/07/2002 10:12:04 PM PST by Havisham
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To: T'wit
Info via a Google search states the letter was filed with the court in February, 1994.
6 posted on 11/07/2002 10:13:32 PM PST by T'wit
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To: victim soul
(MUNICIPAL COURT OF NEW JERSEY LAW DIVISION - MORRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL ACTION DOCKET NO. C1771, ET SEQ. STATE OF NEW JERSEY V. ALEXANDER LOCE, et als. DEFENDANTS APRIL 29, 1991 HONORABLE MICHAEL J. NOONAN)


Judge Michael J. Noonan ruled as follows in a New Jersey case based on a man's efforts to save his unborn child from being aborted: "…based upon the undisputed medical testimony by arguably the foremost authority in genetics in the world, I found that human life begins as conception; and that Roe vs. Wade permits a legal execution of that human being."

http://www.priestsforlife.org/ultrasound.html
7 posted on 11/07/2002 10:15:16 PM PST by victim soul
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To: victim soul
The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.

A Self-evident Truth indeed!

8 posted on 11/07/2002 10:39:32 PM PST by pariah
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To: victim soul
It was this Court’s own decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) to exclude the unborn child from the human family. You ruled that a mother, in consultation with her doctor, has broad discretion, guaranteed against infringement by the United States Constitution, to choose to destroy her unborn child.

Yes, that was indeed a bleak day.

The second most bleak day was on April 16, 2002, when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed "virtual" child porn.

Why does the Supreme Court hate children so much? Not only do they not want to protect children in the womb, but once they are born, they refuse to protect them from sexual predators. I don't get it.

9 posted on 11/07/2002 10:45:23 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: victim soul
Well put. She was amazing. Bump for this one.
10 posted on 11/07/2002 11:08:39 PM PST by I'm ALL Right!
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To: cryptical
That was pretty uncalled for.

Magnificent letter from Mother Teresa.
11 posted on 11/07/2002 11:36:09 PM PST by Audit_Jesse
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Maybe SCOTUS thought it was not a crime to rape a cartoon.
12 posted on 11/08/2002 12:25:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
"Why does the Supreme Court hate children so much?"

It's not just children. The august body of the "supreme" court seems to have trouble knowing just what a "person" is.

This in not only evident in Roe vs. Wade where the old gummers who were so senile they couldn't even control their bowels said that an unborn child isn't a human being, they also said that a black person is not a human bieng either, in The Dredd-Scot decision, which has never been vacated/overturned.

14 posted on 11/08/2002 12:43:58 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: victim soul
This is Amaaaazing
15 posted on 11/08/2002 12:46:25 AM PST by ChadGore
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To: marshmallow; Diago
Pro-Life and Catholic ping
16 posted on 11/08/2002 2:36:48 AM PST by topher
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To: topher
A marvelous sentiment.

Shame on those neanderthals who despise the classics.
17 posted on 11/08/2002 2:49:03 AM PST by karlamayne
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To: kiltmaker
So, the old nun opposed abortion. What's your point?

No matter what you told, no matter how many times others failed to show it, I know that you are loved.

And you do not have to be afraid.

Your love will be seen one day and you will be able to feel it.

18 posted on 11/08/2002 2:56:12 AM PST by highpockets
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To: victim soul
Soemthing else from Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

--Mother Teresa

19 posted on 11/08/2002 3:10:29 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
That was fantastic. I'm printing that off for my children.
20 posted on 11/08/2002 3:20:45 AM PST by riley1992
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To: SkyPilot
Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.
21 posted on 11/08/2002 3:29:13 AM PST by Claire Voyant
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To: victim soul
I doubt it was all that recent since she's been dead for 5 years.
23 posted on 11/08/2002 8:48:19 AM PST by tdadams
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To: kiltmaker
Kiltmaker, be a pagan if you wish, just do it politely.
24 posted on 11/08/2002 8:54:45 AM PST by pbear8
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To: victim soul
It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered domination over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.

Blessed Mother Teresa bump!
26 posted on 11/08/2002 9:21:49 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Polycarp; nickcarraway; patent; Salvation; sandyeggo; Siobhan; BlackElk; american colleen; ...
Mother Teresa Ping (one to save)

(I'm sure I missed people again. Sorry)
27 posted on 11/08/2002 9:27:08 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: victim soul
Your opinion stated that you did not need to “resolve the difficult question of when life begins.” That question is inescapable. If the right to life in an inherent and inalienable right, it must surely exist wherever life exists. No one can deny that the unborn child is a distinct being, that it is human, and that it is alive. It is unjust, therefore, to deprive the unborn child of its fundamental right to life on the basis of its age, size, or condition of dependency.
Pro-life bump.
28 posted on 11/08/2002 10:03:50 AM PST by eastsider
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To: nightdriver
Click here

excerpt:

This case was overturned by the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery altogether, and the 14th Amendment, which pronounced all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the U.S. regardless of color or previous condition of servitude. Also, this case was the first to employ the substantive due process clause which would be referred to again later in many other cases.

And here

excerpt:

It is one of only four cases in U. S. history that has ever been overturned by a Constitutional amendment (overturned by the 13th and 14th Amendments). It is also, along with Marbury, one of only two cases prior to the Civil War that declared a federal law unconstitutional.

29 posted on 11/08/2002 10:30:15 AM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: kiltmaker
However, I do not try to impose my love, or my beliefs, on strangers in the name of any god. I am free to be indifferent if I choose; it is one of the great advantages of being a pagan

Someday, the big dis-advantage to being a pagan will be known to you.

Until then, it is the duty of other people now living on earth to do all they can to prevent you from from taking the lives of others. Fortunaley for you, so far, such attempts are only being done with words spoken softly.

30 posted on 11/08/2002 10:41:18 AM PST by GSHastings
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To: victim soul
From one former fetus to another --

Mother Teresa bump!
31 posted on 11/08/2002 11:46:37 AM PST by Salvation
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To: tdadams
Her body is dead, but she is very much alive.
33 posted on 11/08/2002 1:38:12 PM PST by Siobhan
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To: victim soul; fatima; ltlflwr; Lady In Blue; OxfordMovement; JMJ333; EODGUY; Domestic Church; ...
Come bump this thread for Mother Teresa!

Hats off to victim soul for posting this at the very moment that it is making the rounds again among Republican senatorial and congressional staffers.

Look for our beloved and Blessed Mother Teresa to be a major part of the debate when the Partial Birth Infanticide ban comes to the floor of the Senate.

Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us.

34 posted on 11/08/2002 1:57:23 PM PST by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us.
35 posted on 11/08/2002 4:12:57 PM PST by fatima
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To: victim soul
BUMP
36 posted on 11/08/2002 4:56:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
But the court never actively reversed it's own decision.
37 posted on 11/08/2002 4:57:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SkyPilot
Thanks Sky Pilot.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
38 posted on 11/08/2002 5:05:29 PM PST by victim soul
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To: victim soul
Feb 1997 and Mother Theresa asked for "the children" {who were being aborted}. I'll never forget the picture of the Xlintoon's. It was as if someone had shoved a pine cone up their behinds, (then again they might be into that kinda...)
40 posted on 11/08/2002 8:31:03 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: kiltmaker
Kilt- God loves you. He sent his son to show you who he is; a healer, a savior, a friend and teacher. The son died for you on a cross, so that you could be reunited with God in unbroken fellowship. Do not bow before false gods, but rather bow before him who is your maker, that you and I will stand before one day-alone, with nothing hidden, and all things revealed. That moment can be glorious for you or it can be terrifying-you decide.
DWR
41 posted on 11/08/2002 9:07:59 PM PST by DoWhatsRight
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
"This case was overturned by the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery altogether, and the 14th Amendment, which pronounced all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the U.S. regardless of color or previous condition of servitude."

I know that the case is rendered irrlelvant, but my question remains: Has the court vacated/overturned their decision?

I think not, and it is still a blot on their validity.

42 posted on 11/08/2002 11:38:05 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: Siobhan; victim soul
bttt
43 posted on 11/09/2002 3:28:41 PM PST by JMJ333
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To: JMJ333; victim soul
Volley BTTT!

Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us.

44 posted on 11/09/2002 5:58:46 PM PST by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
Bumping for potential Supreme Court Justices perusal.
45 posted on 11/09/2002 7:23:24 PM PST by victim soul
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To: victim soul
BUmp
48 posted on 11/10/2002 2:49:49 AM PST by chuknospam
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To: victim soul; SkyPilot
Thank you for creating this tread to share the views of Blessed Mother Teresa, and thank you so much SkyPilot for your post # 19.

Blessed Mother Teresa, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us.

49 posted on 11/10/2002 3:03:12 AM PST by Robert Drobot
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To: GVgirl
Thought you might enjoy this thread (most of it anyway).
50 posted on 11/10/2002 3:05:50 AM PST by Robert Drobot
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