How can American society be righted?

Following the latest mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., the chief trauma doctor, Janis Orlowski stated to the Washington Post that “the senseless trauma” is “something evil in our society.”

How can America be saved? Do we need better gun control, better access to psychological services, better vetting? Yes, all of these. But we also need a philosophical change in our society, a return to a respect for life — all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

How did the abortion mentality creep into our society?

The current Planned Parenthood organization, the largest provider of abortion in this country, had its beginnings with an organization that Margaret Sanger founded, the American Birth Control League. There is clear evidence of Sanger’s connection to eugenics. She involved herself and the organization she founded in eugenics. The underpinning of the abortion mentality is the philosophy of eugenics and continues to be the girder for abortion today.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Maine Right to Life will host the Rev. Clenard Childress of Montclair, N.J., the founder of, at its annual convention in Portland. Childress argues that legalized abortion is intended to bring about black genocide.

The work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is not finished.

The philosophy of eugenics needs to be exposed and replaced with a philosophy based on genuine respect for every human life regardless of age, place, color or economic status.

What is respect for life? In the strictest sense, it starts with a belief that human life begins at conception. However, you cannot really call it a belief because it is a fact of nature. Few people disagree with this today. So, perhaps it is more of an attitude toward human life, that all human life is something special, something to be respected, cherished and protected.

According to Susan Conroy, guest speaker at the Pro Life Education Association’s annual breakfast in Augusta last month, Mother Teresa was a great example of this. Conroy, who worked with Mother Teresa on and off for 11 years in the 1980s and 1990s, stated that “she showed love and respect to every person who crossed her path.”

Like the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy that had to be righted, in a broad way, our society needs to be righted philosophically. We need to return to the basic recognition of the truth about our humanity, that life begins at conception. If you believe that human life should be respected at all stages, without regard to color or sex or age or place, then you are ready to join the team in the business of trying to right this great American society that is in such desperate need of it.

Jean Barry lives in Bangor, Mary Regan Brakey lives in Orono and Kara Vereault lives in Old Town.