Sargent Shriver, first head of the Peace Corps under John Kennedy, ambassador to France under Lyndon Johnso, George McGovern’s 1972 running mate, and member of the Kennedy family by his marriage to Eunice Kennedy Shriver (who survives him) died Tuesday at age 95.
This makes me feel old. He was 95? Already?
I’m glad I always thought Sargent Shriver was a good guy, even after I lost all respect for the the rest of the Kennedys, excepting JFK.
For some reason, I just learned recently that Shriver and his wife were pro-life. That must have caused some consternation in the Kennedy clan.
An open letter appeared in the New York Times in July 1992, during the Democrat Convention. Sargent and Eunice Shriver were signers of that letter, along with two dozen prominent Americans. Here is the pertinent part of that letter:
The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. The cynicism of these assumptions reflects a terrible failure of moral imagination and social responsibility and an appalling lack of respect for women….
We can choose to reaffirm our respect for human life. We can choose to extend once again the mantle of protection to all members of the human family, including the unborn. We can choose to provide effective care of mothers and children.
And if we make those choices, America will experience a new birth of freedom, bringing with it a renewed spirit of community, compassion, and caring.
Sargent Shriver, R. I. P.