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2019 marks the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal and accessible to women throughout the United States.
In 1969, Norma McCorvey, or better known as “Jane Roe,” an alias in the case, fell pregnant and sought to have an abortion, which was only legal in her home state of Texas if a full-term pregnancy would risk the mother’s life. With guidance, McCorvey took legal action against Dallas District Attorney, Henry Wade, claiming “criminalizing abortions in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right to privacy,” referring to the Fourteenth Amendment, “…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Later in life, McCorvey became a Christian and an activist to reverse the case she propelled in 1973.
Since the ruling, there was an unsuccessful attempt in 1992 to overturn Roe v. Wade, but one local nonprofit believes the United States is closer than ever to relinquishing control back to the states to decide to ban, further restrict, modify, or keep abortion legal. The Justice Foundation, founded in 1993, is working within the legal system to reverse Roe v. Wade, and ultimately ban abortion across the United States. The organization also works with schools, pregnancy crisis centers, law enforcement, and churches to provide resources, training, and education on abortion laws. The foundation is led by President Allan Parker, a former law professor, and trial lawyer. According to the CDC, in the latest data from 2015, 638,169 abortions were reported in the United States. Allan estimates unreported abortions and “spontaneous abortions” caused by Plan B contraceptives and IUDs bring that number closer to one million annually.
The Moral Outcry Petition
The Justice Foundation has developed a petition, and is seeking one million or more signatures, to provide Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Brief support for the case to be reevaluated by the Supreme Court. Under legal precedent, a Supreme Court ruling can be overruled or reversed if it met with “severe criticism,” or a lack of acceptance by the American people. They hope to reach 250,000 signatures by Jan. 22, 2019, which is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The Justice Foundation cites five reasons to overturn Roe v. Wade in its petition:
1. The claim that abortion is a crime against humanity. A crime against humanity occurs when the government withdraws legal protection from a class of human beings – in this case, a human embryo or fetus. Parker recounts cases the Supreme Court later challenged and overturned. In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Dred Scott v. John Sanford, that African Americans were not and could not be citizens. The case was later overturned by the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship and equal protection of laws to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”
Another significant case includes the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” doctrine regarding racial segregation laws. The case was later overturned in 1954, 58 years after the Plessy v. Ferguson decision. “Like abortion, people thought segregation was the law of the land,” said Parker.
2. The claim that there is new evidence that proves life begins at conception. The Law of Judicial Precedent also infers that a case should be reviewed or overturned if there are major changes in factual circumstance. According to Parker, “We change the laws because they become out of date. In 1973, in Roe, (they concluded) that at this 'stage in the development of man’s knowledge,' we don’t know when life begins. DNA testing use in courts didn't even exist in 1973.”
Texas laws state life begins at conception, meaning forced abortions are a homicide and abortion is only legal with consent from the mother. The data for when life deserves legal protection is still highly debated and divided among states, scholars, medical professionals, and religious leaders, as is “personhood” or when a person should be protected equally under the laws of the United States.
3. The claim that there is new evidence that abortion hurts women. The Justice Foundation, within its ministry, Operation Outcry, has collected more than 4,600 testimonies of women who have stated they have been hurt by their abortions, resulting in severe depression and loss of self-esteem.
“In 1973, the court thought it was helping women, by freeing them from the burden of childcare, for those who didn’t want to or couldn’t care for their child,” said Parker. “But, what we’ve seen (from these testimonies) is that it’s hurting women on a vast scale.” A woman who believes she has been hurt by abortion can confidentially file her testimony with The Justice Foundation at operationoutcry.org.
4. The claim that Safe Haven laws across the country are a brand new major change in factual conditions. “Women no longer need to get an abortion to get what they want from an abortion, which is freedom from childcare,” said Parker. Through Safe Haven laws, a woman can give her baby to the state, which will provide care for 18 years or until adoption.
In Texas, women can relinquish their baby to a fire station, hospital, or police department within 60 days of the child’s birth at no financial cost to the mother. “It’s free, equally available to the poor and rich, and the mother doesn’t have to go through Termination of Parental Rights and say they’re a bad parent,” said Parker. Parker calls this the Micah 6:8 solution. “This is justice for the baby and mercy for the mother.” According to the National Safe Haven Alliance, since 1999, more than 3,500 newborns have been relinquished using Safe Haven.
5. The claim that Safe Haven laws and the astonishing rise in the number of adoptive parents are brand new, major changes in factual conditions “There are a million people wanting to adopt healthy newborn infants,” said Parker. “Safe Haven would produce these babies, if women choose it.” According to Parker, the cost of upwards of $20,000 for an average adoption would be eliminated. “The State would prepare a list of people wanting to adopt, and babies would be given to a loving home right away,” said Parker. “This is an alternative to abortion, and helps those who are infertile.”
When discussing extenuating circumstances regarding incest and rape, or other reasons for a medical abortion, which still vary among state laws, Parker responded, “The only valid exception is when saving the mother’s life. If you allow abortion in the case of incest, you’re only helping the abuser to cover up their crime. Rape is harder, but the women I’ve spoken to feel just as guilty taking a baby's life. Giving life can be life-affirming and healing for these women, by bringing good to what is evil.” In both these cases, Parker restates utilizing Safe Haven laws would give the mother the right to give their child up to the State.
The Moral Outcry Petition, which can be found at www.themoraloutcry.com, can be shared and signed by anyone. Comparing the ramifications of legal abortion to the fall of Jerusalem described in the book of Jeremiah, Parker said, “This is our time to repent and turn from our sins. God might end abortion by ending America as a nation, just like God destroyed Jerusalem, but I believe He is actually going to reverse Roe by changing the hearts and minds on the Supreme Court one way or another. He is ending the ‘covenant with death, the agreement with the grave’ that is Roe v. Wade. See Isaiah 28:14-22.” Parker urges those who have had abortions to repent, as it’s not the unforgivable sin.
Preventing Forced Abortions
The organization also dedicates a significant portion of its time educating schools, law enforcement, child protective services, and the public on forced abortions, which is illegal across the country. Forced abortion occurs in the following ways:
1. When men and others force a woman to get an abortion to meet their needs.
2. When adult parents force a minor to have an abortion against their will.
3. When a pimp forces a human trafficking victim or prostitute to have an abortion.
To prevent forced abortions, The Justice Foundation provides education and legal tools, including letters addressed to parents, fathers, counselors, and law enforcement officers. Parker estimates the letters have helped prevent 95 percent of abortions that have been brought to their attention, or saved 1,000 to 2,000 babies across the nation each year since 2009. “Every year, we send the ‘Dear Counselor’ letter to over 1,000 school districts in Texas,” said Parker. “I know as a fact it has saved babies.”
If the legal tools and letters do not deter parents or others from forced abortion practices, The Justice Foundation utilizes a national network of more than 3,000 volunteer attorneys to get a court order to stop it.
Milestones of The Justice Foundation:
• In 2007, The Justice Foundation filed a brief on behalf of Sandra Cano, or “Mary Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, the companion case of Roe v. Wade, as well as 180 women hurt by abortion. The Supreme Court declared the “partial-birth” abortion procedure illegal and cited The Justice Foundation’s brief in its ruling. The Supreme Court acknowledged in its ruling that “some women come to regret having an abortion,” "severe depression and loss of esteem can follow," and “whether to have an abortion requires a difficult and painful moral decision,” and is “fraught with emotional consequence.” The brief was also mentioned in a 2007 New York Times article discussing the ruling.
• In 2016, The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton wrote a letter to The Justice Foundation expressing gratitude for its work in educating the public on forced or coerced abortions and helping “women know their rights regarding their ability to protect themselves and their unborn children,” stated the letter. “Regardless of political preference, we can all agree that forced abortions are morally wrong and illegal.”
• Every year, The Justice Foundation distributes materials to various agencies and schools regarding forced abortions and how to manage situations that arise. “It’s a major accomplishment to provide training to police departments and school districts on forced abortions,” said Parker.
• The appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “We now have at least five judges that would have an open mind to overturning it,” said Parker. “And we want a fair and open hearing and re-evaluation if it should continue, be modified or completely reversed.”
The immediate mission of The Justice Foundation is to overturn Roe v. Wade. After that, they will work to outlaw abortion in every state. The organization is currently challenged by a lack of communication staff and resources to advance the petition to as many people as possible. “We also need prayer because this is a spiritual battle,” said Parker. “We also need financial help to keep the doors open and ensure we can be there to stop forced abortions.”
When talking about abortion and its proponents, Parker recites Isaiah 28:17-18, when the Lord responds, “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.” (NIV)
“Just like slavery and communism, abortion will end, in God's time, and I believe that will be soon.” Parker predicts another Supreme Court justice will be appointed, and Roe v. Wade will be reversed within two years. “But as it’s said in Proverbs, ‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring,’” said Parker.
Be A Light.
Pray for education, understanding and Christ-like love for all involved on both sides of this issue, as well as the women who are struggling emotionally, mentally, and physically from a past or current decision. Give. To get more information or donate to The Justice Foundation, visit www.thejusticefoundation.org or www.txjf.org.
To request materials regarding forced abortions contact The Justice Foundation at 210-614-7157.
The Moral Outcry Petition can be signed and shared by visiting www.themoraloutcry.com.
Sources: Britannica.com www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org