By Donna Westfall – February 18, 2017 –
One of the most important people of the 20th and 21st century has died. Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The year was 1969. It was Texas. Norma was unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time. She wanted an abortion. Texas only allowed abortions to save the life of the mother. Her case went before the Supreme Court and thus the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that was handed down.
She gave birth to a daughter and that child was given up for adoption. Later in life, decades later, she became pro-life and anti-abortion even in the most extreme cases.
What most people don’t know is that Norma was a lesbian until her conversion to Christianity and then to Roman Catholicism. In her younger years, she married at 16, separated shortly after, discovered she was pregnant and that child was taken by her mother.
During her third pregnancy, she said she had been raped. She lied. She couldn’t afford to travel to another state that allowed a legal abortion. She was the perfect candidate for testing the law.
In 1997, she formed her own group, Roe No More Ministry, and traveled around the U.S. speaking out against abortion. In 2005, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by McCorvey to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
59 million plus abortions have been performed in the United States since Roe v Wade. I call this the American Holocaust. I predict the law will be amended and hope that with the changes by the Supreme Court, abortion is not going to become illegal, but rather that educating our girls and women to birth control will become paramount so that abortion isn’t used as birth control any longer.