With regard to the "Catch 22" letter which appeared in May 7's edition, perhaps there were many factors that allowed Dr. Gosnell to exist. Perhaps a state government that wasn't diligent in facility inspections is partly to blame. But that is merely the tip of the iceberg. The problem is rooted in the over all breakdown of morality in this country. I know, I know, you've heard it all before. Here comes another moralistic nut job trying to ram his agenda down John Q. Public's throat. The fact remains, however, that we as a people, myself included, have become desensitized to certain things that here to fore would have been unacceptable. Many have adopted a selective morality which condemns certain actions while condoning others that are equally as bad (i.e. condemning capital punishment while condoning abortion, or vice versa). Dr. Gosnell began his career as a physician dedicated to the precepts of the Hippocratic Oath. Somewhere along the way he lost his moral compass. It is easy to see how when one considers that, according to the highest court in the land, human life has no guaranteed rights until the offspring takes its first breath. Having established that rule, it is just a step away from the belief that human life , breathing or not, has no rights without the mother's consent. The saddest part of all is that certain high-ranking politicians in Washington seemingly already accept this philosophy, even to the point of having, in their past, sponsored legislation which would have given people like Dr. Gosnell legal permission to perform such atrocities. Deliberately severing a living, breathing infant's spinal cord should still be considered murder by any standard.