Belatedly, I write to congratulate you and all the other members of your publication to express my thanks to you personally and, at the same time, I wish to express my thanks to every person whom you know who believes as you do that the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court known as Roe v. Wade has gone down and will continue in an increasingly powerful downward slide because of its acceptance of and public endorsement of abortion.

Nothing in the history of the Supreme Court is as calamitous as this decision that made Roe v. Wade the law of the land. Sad to say, that decision was adopted quite a long time ago now, on Jan. 22, 1973. That decision was disgraceful when it was made.

Since then, I am one of those who believe more and more men and women are becoming dejected by this disgraceful decision of the Supreme Court. That decision is certainly the worst decision mentally and morally ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, I believe, more and more thinking men and women, increasing year by year in their number, are embarrassed by the court's decision in Roe v. Wade. And I for one hope the Supreme Court will sometime soon, rather than later, come to the realization that Roe v. Wade degrades the U.S. Supreme Court and has continued to degrade not only the court but also all the people in our country.

SARGENT SHRIVER WASHINGTON, D.C.