How 'Jane Roe' Became a Pro-Life Warrior
Like Norma, we must all set out to right this horrific wrong, which devastates all family members of murdered babies. We're far from alone.
While representing millions of Americans, over 500,000 people will gather in Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life on January 24, 2020. We've had the privilege of attending the National March for Life and it is a powerful experience. People peacefully yet passionately march in support for unborn babies and their families.
The National March for Life visually reminds the world that multitudes of people believe in the value of every unborn life and that abortion must be stopped. (If you can't be at the National March for Life this year, please join our Marching For Life Through Prayer online event to pray for those marching and to pray for the end of abortion. Learn more here.)
As more and more young people discover the horrors of abortion, the topic of how it became legal often arises.
Roe v. Wade was the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973. It occurred 47 years ago and enabled over 61,628,584 babies to be killed under the lie that it was pro-women. No exaggeration: abortion is a genocide within our own country which also harms women in countless ways.
How Abortion Became Legal
The story begins with Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade. Norma's mother was a violent alcoholic and her father abandoned her family. She was eventually declared a ward of the state and sent to various state-run institutions. Tragically, Norma was sexually assaulted multiple times by her mother's cousin. It was horrific. Norma dropped out of school and, by the age of 16, she married a man who proved to be physically abusive. The couple ultimately divorced. Later, Norma also battled alcohol and drug use.
By 1969, Norma was pregnant, homeless, and alone in Dallas, Texas. She was desperate. Norma wanted an abortion, but she did not have the money to travel to one of the few states that offered abortions. She was vulnerable when two individuals with misguided agendas took advantage of her.
Two recent law school graduates desired a case they could use to overturn the anti-abortion laws in Texas. These young lawyers recruited Norma; they treated her to pizza and beer and made plans. During the meeting, they chose the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe" for Norma McCorvey.
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Action Points to Save Babies from Abortion
7. Contact your Congressmen and state legislators and urge them support anti-abortion legislation. Click here to find your state legislators. Click here to find contact information for your Congressmen.
8. Write letters to the editor. Make your voice heard about your pro-life position. Explain why abortion is wrong.
9. Vote for pro-life candidates. Research and support proven anti-abortion candidates. Help elect pro-life men and women to office.
10. Pray for our politicians and that Roe v. Wade will be repealed. Pray for the mothers whose hearts were broken by abortion. Pray for families whose tables are not as full as a result of abortion. Prayer is powerful!
11. Support ministries and organizations that are bravely fighting to stop abortion and to protect all life. Here are a few worthy pro-life groups worth your attention: National Right to Life, John Paul II Medical Research Institute, Embryo Adoption Services, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom, Priests for Life, And Then There Were None, and many more.
12. Remember that innocent, unborn children are depending on you to give them a voice. Cry out for the babies that never cry!