To the editors:

Having read and reread both missives, I can’t for the life of me understand Virginia Zotas’s complaint (Letters, April 10) to Brenda Calvin (Letters, March 6). Neither in paragraph four of Calvin’s letter (to which Zotas refers) nor in any part of it do I see any evidence to support Zotas’s charge that Calvin “would place total value on our own species’ embryos while ignoring the rights of other species to exist.” The only reference to “other species” by Calvin is where she says: “Some of these (presumably prochoice) women would fight to save the lives of various endangered animals, but forget about human babies” (parenthetical words mine). How, I ask, is Calvin thereby “ignoring the rights of other species to exist”?

Zotas sounds as if her sensors have been too finely tuned, like a smoke alarm which goes off when water boils. I guess she would even find fault with Gandhi’s statement: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

No wonder there’s so little understanding in the world.

John Tomme

W. Cornelia