JANUARY 24, 2009
Your first decisions dealing with war detainees shows that you have a heart inclined to do what is right, but your decision dealing with aid for abortion and your conviction concerning embryonic stem cell research leaves me sad because it strikes at the most defenseless human beings. If your mother had decided to abort you, you would not be here today as President of the United States.
You, Mr. President, represent the people which are not solely the voters which have diverse and self-centered opinions but the people as a corporate body which includes the unborn and those who are about to die. Walter Lippmann in his book, The Public Philosophy has well expressed this. "If we think in terms of individual persons, the corporate body of The People is for the most part invisible and inaudible. Indeed as a whole it is nonexistent, in that so many are dead and so many are not yet born. Yet this corporate being, though so insubstantial to our senses, binds, in Burke's words, a man to his country with 'ties, which though light as air, are as strong as links of iron.' That is why young men die in battle for their country and why old men plant trees they will never sit under. This invisible, inaudible, and so largely nonexistent community gives rational meaning to the necessity of objective government."
The doctrine of Popular Sovereignty states that those who cannot vote because they are not yet of age and the unborn are presumed to be represented by the Pope, the King or by you Mr. President. This is you sacred duty, Mr. President, to represent the right to life of the unborn and not to do so is a crime against humanity.
I hope and pray that you may have a change of heart.
Brother Gilbert Pretto, CSC