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Do You Know Roe? (Part 1 of 2)

Supreme Court - Roe v. Wade

[Note about the author: Col. Tim Moore serves at Lamb & Lion Ministries as an Associate Evangelist and ministry trustee.]

January 22, 2019 marked the 46th anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that continues to tear at our national conscience. That was the date when the Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion throughout the United States.

Coming on the heels of the Vietnam War and the social unrest that marked the 1960s, the activist court had already begun undoing legal precedents that had guided our nation for generations. In 1963, the Warren Court ruled that official prayer in schools could no longer be tolerated.

By 1973, the liberal justices were willing to push the boundaries even further. In the Roe decision, Justice Harry Blackman resorted to citing “penumbras of the Ninth Amendment” — a reference to the mysterious outer region of a shadow cast by an opaque object. If that sounds like legal Gnosticism, it is — because only self-styled higher thinkers can reduce the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution to opaque objects casting faint shadows that only they can discern.

Over the past 46 years, the Pro-Life Movement has taken on a life of its own. It has become a political force to be reckoned with, especially within the Republican Party. And, while pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood still outpace the pro-life cause in fundraising and power within the Democratic Party, the culture has trended toward a pro-life position for several years.

Lost in the politically explosive issue of life is a historical and prophetic understanding of this stain on America’s soul.

The Historical Background

The “Wade” in the original case refers to Henry Wade, the District Attorney of Dallas County, Texas. He was tasked with defending the Texas statute prohibiting abortion against a legal steamroller determined to create a landmark case to impact the nation. That legal team actively sought a pregnant young woman to be the subject of their legal battle. They found her in Norma McCorvey — aka “Jane Roe.”

Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey (aka “Jane Roe”)

McCorvey was not what legal scholars would describe as a sympathetic litigant. The product of a troubled and sometimes violent childhood (she was repeatedly raped by a cousin over one three-week period), she was an abrasive, alcoholic drug user who was disowned by her own family. She already had two children by different men, and she had signed over both children for adoption. Pregnant for a third time and divorced at age 22, she sought an illegal abortion but found that all abortion clinics had been shut down by the authorities.

Eventually, McCorvey connected with a team of pro-abortion lawyers (headed by the daughter of a mainline minister) who realized that she could become the “victim” they had been looking for. They coached her to falsely claim she had been gang-raped, hoping to make her circumstance more sympathetic. When her request for a legal abortion was denied due to lack of credibility, they ran her case for the next three years all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ironically, McCorvey never appeared in court and her third baby was born and given up for adoption. She later testified that the team of feminist lawyers never made an effort to help her after they secured her “Jane Roe” signature.

In the years that followed, Norma McCorvey became a high priestess of the same false religion that had used her and spit her out. She helped lure in young women to the Dallas abortion clinic where she worked for minimum wage and even comforted them with words she knew to be lies.

For a season, Norma basked in the notoriety. Caught up in the leftist feminist agenda, she declared herself to be an avowed lesbian. Anyone observing Norma McCorvey’s pro-abortion attitude and ungodly lifestyle would have declared her to be reprobate. But that is not the end of her story.

During her tenure as a committed lesbian and abortionist, pro-life activists from Operation Rescue began targeting her facility. Instead of screaming at Norma and the women who bought into the lies she helped spread, those intervening Christians primarily prayed and offered positive encouragement. They shined the light of truth and love where darkness seemed to prevail.

When I had the opportunity to meet Norma personally, she told me that what broke through her hardened heart was an 8-year-old girl named Emily Mackey who repeatedly told her, “Miss Norma, God loves you and so do I.” That simple statement made her realize that she had never experienced such grace and love — totally unexpected and undeserved. It melted her heart.

The other experience that caused her to reject the lie of abortion was seeing a baby on a modern ultrasound. No longer could she fool herself and others into believing the lie that a fetus is merely a clump of cells. What God miraculously knits together in each mother’s womb is fully human — from conception to birth.

A Radical Change of Life

In 1995, Norma McCorvey gave her life to Jesus Christ and renounced her former lifestyle and occupation. She later said:

Over the course of three decades, my life has changed and transformed. I live with the results of [the Roe v. Wade] decision every day. I breathed words that started a change; now I am breathing new words. I believe that God has brought me to this point to bring change once again.”

McCorvey became an outspoken advocate for life, which is how I met her. In 2008, she spoke at the annual “Kentucky Doctors for Life” dinner. As the leader of the Pro-Life Caucus in the Kentucky Legislature, I was asked to speak as well. I sat next to Norma and spent most of the evening thrilling at her testimony of how God changed her life and gave it eternally-relevant purpose and meaning.

Norma testified:

I love the Lord with all my heart and soul, [and] it’s beyond my comprehension that He can take someone like me who was a hippie and a drug addict and a fornicator and all the other stuff that I did and forgive me. It was so hard for me to conceive that the Lord had forgiven me — especially after so many children had been killed. But He has forgiven me and restored me.”

In the second and last part about Norma McCorvey’s testimony, we’ll look at where this nation now stands on the abortion issue and its prophetic significance.

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Dr. David Reagan serves as the Founder and Director of Lamb & Lion Ministries. He is a life-long Bible student, teacher, and preacher whose sermons have been distributed worldwide and has led 45 pilgrimages to Israel. Dr. Reagan is the host of the television program Christ in Prophecy.

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  • Who are Responsible for Abortions

    Really and Truly, when we bring it down to the nitty gritty and to where the
    rubber hits the road, it is not the democrats or republicans, Planned Parenthood,
    etc., who are responsible for abortions.

    If it were not for women who demanded abortions, all of the providers doing
    abortions. abortion clinics would have to shut down.

    Wake up! Smell the roses! Face the facts.

    Women are responsible for abortions.

    • I have to disagree with the statement that, “Women are responsible for abortions.”

      If there is anyone to blame, a finger would have to be pointed towards society as a whole. On the surface level, while women are the only ones who receive abortions (as it is impossible for men to be pregnant), there are plenty of male doctors offering the service and plenty of men pressuring/ manipulating women to complete the abortion.

      On a societal level, we live within a culture that is very anti-child, anti-women, and pro-sex. Children are viewed as burdens to be endured, and very much so with the little assistance communities and the government provide for child welfare and the barbaric costs involved in child care (examples: outrageous medical bills, expensive daycare, minimal maternity/ paternity work benefits). This cost can be especially overwhelming for a new mother, especially for one who may be single and having to navigate these expenses alone due to an absentee “father” or becoming pregnant due to rape (which brings forth a lengthy, new set of struggles alongside the pregnancy). Society provides sub-standard assistance to these new mothers and their children, leaving them limited options, all the while shaming them for the pregnancy. You could argue that they could seek their family for assistance. However, how many times have you heard of women being rejected, abandoned, or thrown out of their homes for being, “pregnant out of wedlock?” How can you assume that women have these connections and do not come from abusive families, or even with families with means to provide assistance? We live in a society that breeds fear for women in general, and especially so when they are pregnant. This is just the tip of the iceberg for women.

      Men have the ability to walk away from such responsibilities (often without being attacked by society), are not shamed for their sexuality, are conditioned by society/ sin/ principalities to view women as nothing more than sexual commodities, and therefore perpetrate a pro-abortion environment. Not only are they able to escape accountability for their actions, but they do not have to endure the social repercussions of either a pregnancy or abortion. This argument does not even take into consideration the abusive relationships where abortions are coerced or healthy marriages where the husband also advocates for the abortion.

      On a side note, it is exceedingly important that to be truly pro-life, one has to advocate for increased resources and assistance sustain the life that you fought to bring forth into the world, and for the lives that make such a birth possible.

      Do not put burdens on others of which you will not lift one finger to help them with.

  • to Tim Moore Article on R/W Thank you. I was raised in NJ & know Hessitic Jews have been grouped in NYC area for decades …since 1971 NY was the first state killing babies…same old devil…killing Jewish babies…now this new NY Bill. Spoke to my Pastor & will pass on this prayer thought…NY Rabbis & Ministers please take Joshua’s prayer Fast…not to take the Albany state house down but to take the stronghold of abortion out of NY & the other 49 states strongholds will go the way of Jericho. I am praying for you & know the Lord will lead you as He did Joshua…PS…please no social media…we must pray Stealth so only Jesus gets the Glory… Blessings

  • All the promises from the democratic party they want to give you everything free, plus kill your baby anytime you want before it is born. How can anyone who has loved a child vote for a Democrat?

    I do not believe you can blame women for this they do not get pregnant by themselves. It is greed which is sin, the millions of dollars made from abortions.

    Thank you for this article.

  • Good article but don’t you need to add Israel to the list of liberal abortion laws? Aren’t they right up there with China and North Korea?

  • Spurgeon once said “The great grace of God has been preached unguardedly, leading many into licentiousness.” If we truly are one body in Christ, then we too are guilty. Many women within the church have surreptitiously had abortions fearing ostracism. This begins from the pulpit failing to adresss these issues and/ or sweeping them under the rug. We must pursue holiness ; yet, always be willing to forgive. I was blessed to see a young couple admit their sin of pre- marital sex in front of the whole congregation and witness the sincere forgiveness by the church. They were going through with the pregnancy but didn’t rush into a forced marriage either. God willing let us encourage one another daily.

  • God is not going to bless a nation that slaughters their infants. Mankind has grown as evil, corrupt, immoral, and lovers of themselves as they were in the Days of Noah. The Spirit of the Antichrist is with us, and soon to come, the Antichrist himself.

  • I have to disagree with the statement that, “Women are responsible for abortions.”

    If there is anyone to blame, a finger would have to be pointed towards society as a whole. On the surface level, while women are the only ones who receive abortions (as it is impossible for men to be pregnant), there are plenty of male doctors offering the service and plenty of men pressuring/ manipulating women to complete an abortion.

    On a societal level, we live within a culture that is very anti-child, anti-woman, and pro-lust. Children are viewed as burdens to be endured, and very much so with the little assistance communities and the government provide for child welfare and the barbaric costs involved in child care (examples: outrageous medical bills, expensive daycare, minimal maternity/ paternity work benefits). This cost can be especially overwhelming for a new mother, especially for one who may be single and having to navigate these expenses alone due to an absentee “father” or becoming pregnant due to rape (which brings forth a lengthy, new set of struggles alongside the pregnancy). Society provides sub-standard assistance to these new mothers and their children, leaving them limited options, all the while shaming them for the pregnancy. You could argue that thy could seek their family for assistance. However, how many times have you heard of women being rejected, abandoned, or thrown out of their homes for being, “pregnant out of wedlock?” How can you assume that women have these connections and do not come from abusive families, or even with families who have the means to provide assistance? We live in a society that breeds fear for women in general, and especially so when they are pregnant. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the struggles that women face.

    Men have the ability to walk away from such responsibilities (often without being attacked by society), are not shamed for their sexuality, are conditioned by society to view women as nothing more than sexual commodities, and therefore perpetrate a pro-abortion environment. Not only are they able to escape accountability for their actions, but they do not have to endure the social repercussions of either a pregnancy or abortion. This argument does not even take into consideration the abusive relationships where abortions are coerced or healthy marriages where the husband also advocates tor the abortion.

    On a side note, it is exceedingly important that, in order to be truly pro-life, one has to advocated for increased resources and assistance to sustain that life that you fought to bring into the world, and for the lives that make such a birth possible.

    Do not put burdens on others of which you will not lift one finger to help them with.

  • thanks for this article and the background info most do not know about. what a wonderful ending that our holy and loving almighty GOD accomplished to this story. WELLwritten too without being preachy.

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