In her column "Pact or not, 18 teenage pregnancies is alarming" (June 24), Marjorie Cortez is correct about one thing: Teenage pregnancy is indeed alarming, as can be any unplanned pregnancy. However, her criticism of unwed pregnancy and her contempt for those who experience it is absolutely detestable.

Fortunately, unwed mothers are no longer shunned or exiled to the extent that they were at the hands of her mother's generation. I find comfort in the notion that our society has evolved beyond such a primitive and culturally mindless ideology.

I am the father of a child conceived out of wedlock, and I view her birth as the most profound event of my life. I find nothing shameless about the creation of life, regardless of the circumstances surrounding conception. With any luck, cherished pharisaical values will expire with time.

Robert Foster