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"Roe" Wanted Roe v. Wade Reversed. 

That is Her Legacy.

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
gallagher@paprolife.org 

You can hear a smile in a voice. 

It is one of those interesting facts of communication that I learned in a radio journalism class which proved to be helpful far beyond the confines of the classroom. 

As a reporter, I heard a range of emotions in the interviews that would be recorded for broadcast--sadness, anger, pride. 

Over the past few days, I have been reminded of a voice that answered the phone when I was working on a story about abortion. 

The voice belonged to the "Roe" of the tragic U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which brought about the legalization of abortion nationwide in 1973. Her real name was Norma McCorvey, and by that time, she had renounced the court decision that bore her pseudonym. She was striving to right a horrible wrong, to save the lives of preborn children, and to spare their mothers unspeakable pain and heartache. 

Ironically, she was not the person I was calling to interview, so our conversation was quite brief. 

But I heard much in her voice: Kindness. Compassion. Caring. 

Norma McCorvey was once part of the abortion industry. But she died a pro-life champion. 

It is common for those involved in court cases to wish the court had ruled differently. It is incredible for a winner of a case to wish she had lost.  

"Roe" wanted Roe v. Wade to be overturned. This would be like saying the winning team of the last Super Bowl wished the second half never would have happened and that they had lost the biggest football game of the year.  

But it was true. I could not only hear it in her voice--it was also apparent in the actions that she took to try to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that has led to the deaths of more than 59 million preborn children and the haunting grief of millions of mothers and fathers, grandparents and siblings. 

Some Millennials may not know that the woman behind Roe, Norma McCorvey, reversed course and adopted a pro-life point of view. They may be stunned to learn that the woman who was the subject of the nation's best-known abortion case never had an abortion herself--that the pregnancy that led to her being the subject of a court case ended in birth and subsequent adoption. 

But as spectacular as Norma's story may be, in a sense, it is not entirely unique. 

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the founder of the pro-abortion lobbying group known as NARAL, left the abortion industry behind and became an ardent supporter of the right to life. Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood center director, left the business as well and now assists those who want to make a similar, life-affirming exit. Carol Everett, a former abortion center owner, became a passionate defender of life. 

Add to that all those women who are a part of the Silent No More Awareness campaign--women who had abortions, but who now regret them. They are breaking the code of silence surrounding abortion so that other women can avoid such horrific tragedy. 

These women cannot be silenced. And neither can Norma. Her voice lives on in video and in the minds of those touched by her call for the nation to embrace mothers and their children--and to abandon Roe v. Wade.   

For if Roe no longer believed in Roe v. Wade, why should the Supreme Court? If the Court cannot hear the silent cry of the preborn child, perhaps quite soon it will listen to the words of women such as Norma. They are women who were once deceived by the lies of the abortion industry, but who found their voice when they rediscovered the hope that lies in fighting for life. 

The nation owes it to Norma, and to all those other women, to end the epic human catastrophe caused by Roe v. Wade and to discard the unjust court decision once and for all.

Time is Running Out for This Year's

Pro-Life Essay Contest

There is only a week left in this year's pro-life essay contest, so if you know anyone in 7-12th grade, make sure you remind them to submit their entries by March 6. Prizes will be awarded in the junior categories for students in grades7-9 and in the senior category for students in grades 10-12. 

For more information, click here.

Urge Your State Rep to Support Senate Bill 3, 
the Dismemberment Abortion Ban!!!

Please call and email your representative in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and urge him or her to support a dismemberment abortion ban.  Dismemberment abortions involve tearing babies limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs, and should not be tolerated in a civilized society. If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, please visit
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Pro-Lifers Have Won the

Intellectual Battle Over Abortion

At the 2017 March for Life in Washington DC, Vice-President Mike Pence boldly declared "Life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress."  The Vice-President's declaration is born out in an informational article by Michael Novak on the Patheos.com website in which Novak states  “the intellectual underpinnings of the abortion regime have washed away. Four forces washed them away: science, technology, dishonesty, hypocrisy.”
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Bedford County Citizens Concerned for Human Life
at the 2017 March for Life

Bedford County CCHL--Pro-Life Dinner & Silent Auction. Saturday, March 25, 2017 Silent Auction 5:00 PM, Dinner 6:00 PM featuring Dr. John Bruchalski. Held at Crossroads Bible Church, 5564 Business 220, Bedford PA. Tickets are $20 for adults $10 for students. RSVP: 814-652-6755 by March 18, 2017. More information can be found here.

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