It was in the news, and my 11-year-old grandson was perplexed. “Grandma, 52 percent of Catholics voted for (President Donald) Trump and 45 percent for (the Democrats’ nominee) Hillary (Clinton). How can the 45 percent vote for someone who was for doing away with some babies and still be a faithful Catholic?” I told him the issue is not just a matter of religion but also a matter of justice.

The most fundamental of all rights is the right to life. More than 60 million babies since 1973 never had a chance to play, laugh, paint, sing, compose, or write a book. It is intrinsically evil to rob anyone of his or her chance to live. It is not a mother’s right to harm her offspring; it is her privilege to love and nurture the tender life within her.

Sylvia Meyer