In reference to laws enabling drug use, a letter writer recently argued it isn’t valid for the Catholic Church to try to enforce its morality on the general public.

In January 1920, the 18th Amendment went into effect. It forbade the manufacture, transportation, sale and possession of alcohol. Religious groups pushed for its passage based on moral and health grounds. In 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th.

The lesson: We can’t legislate morality. The same lesson should be applied to abortion. Education, not legislation, is the way to end abortions.

Claudine Werner

Lake Oswego