The editor:

    Next Monday, Jan. 20, we pause to reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dr. King was a man who fought tirelessly to the day of his death to right the wrongs of our racially segregated society and raise the banner of justice in a just and moral cause.

    Two days later, Wednesday, Jan. 22, we commemorate the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in America.

    Since that day more than 56 million innocent lives have been snuffed out by those who would claim that the right to do so is granted them in our Constitution and affirmed by the seven justices who handed down that decision.

    It seems a little more than ironic that we remember these two within just a couple days of each other. One speaks so strongly of the right to live freely in a just society, the other so sadly of the so-called “right” to end innocent life.

    Dr. King, while in Birmingham Jail in 1963, wrote of “just and unjust” laws. He said that “a just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

    The taking of innocent life is unquestionably immoral, and any law that protects such action, by Dr. King’s definition, should be considered unjust.

    Our nation has moved a long way forward since Dr. King struggled in 1963 – even electing our first black president in 2008. However, just 10 years after he wrote his famous letter from Birmingham Jail, we took huge strides backwards in our journey towards a just society when the Court struck down the abortion laws of various states.

    The greatest injustice in our nation’s history commenced, and is ongoing yet today.

    Dennis Stafford

    Northeast KY Right to Life

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