She Said It: Mother Teresa to the U.S. Supreme Court

Mother Teresa (photo from Missionaries of Charity Fathers web site)
Mother Teresa (photo: (c) 1986 Turelio via Wikimedia Commons)

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….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….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.

These words were addressed by Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994. They were part of an amicus brief (which may be read in full at this link) addressing two cases being considered by the Court. Twenty years later, Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land.