December 13 is the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s first oral argument in the Roe v. Wade case, which effectively legalized abortion in the U.S. It is ironic that the month in which the world celebrates the most inconvenient and unplanned pregnancy in history is also the month in which the court began its ignominious descent into preventing such pregnancies.
You probably know that Mary the mother of Jesus was not married when she became pregnant. She was betrothed to a man named Joseph. You probably also know that she lived in an extremely strict religious and legal setting in which out-of-wedlock pregnancies were punishable by public stoning. It is very likely that Mary was a teenager, probably less than 16 years old when she became pregnant. So to summarize, she was an unwed pregnant teenager in a society that stoned such women.
Jane Roe (her real name is Norma McCorvey) also had a child when she was a teenager. Actually, she had two of them, and she had been divorced before she turned 20. You could say she was the opposite of Mary. Mary was innocent; Jane Roe was promiscuous. Mary was engaged; Jane was divorced. Mary celebrated her pregnancy; Jane tried to end it. Mary’s act of righteousness ushered in a new reign of righteousness and life in world history. Jane’s act of evil ushered in a new reign of evil and death.
It was Jane’s third pregnancy, at 21 years of age, that made her famous. She didn’t want to deliver the baby; she lied to doctors, claiming she had been raped, but the story didn’t hold water, and she was unable to obtain an abortion. On another occasion she visited an illegal abortion clinic but found that it had been shut down by authorities. Later she attempted suicide and failed. She then decided to take the matter to court, claiming that the state had no right to prevent her from getting an abortion.