Here, I am going to present a lot of the background and details surrounding the 1973 Supreme Court Case that legalized abortion in the United States.
Who were they?
- Roe – Norma McCorvey (legal pseudonym: “Jane Roe”) was a single, pregnant woman who brought a class action lawsuit against the State of Texas on the constitutionality of its abortion laws, which prohibited abortion unless it meant saving the woman’s life.¹
- Wade – Henry Wade was the District Attorney of Dallas from 1951-1987 who dealt with this lawsuit as well as the conviction of Jack Ruby for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.³
The Adventures of Norma McCorvey²
Today there is a great opportunity being lost in regards to the correctional system. The prison system in the United states is greatly broken, and it is harming many people – in 2014 the number of incarcerated people was 2.4 million.
Our prison system has the opportunity to have an incredibly positive effect on many people in the United States but unfortunately that opportunity is not being taken advantage of.
The development of a person is highly related to the environment that surrounds a person on a daily basis and the environment that they grew up in. People’s ideologies, worldviews, and ways of approaching life are profoundly affected by those around them. Why does this have anything to do with the prison system? Don’t worry – that will come into play later.
Eleanor Roosevelt once distinctly stated, “With freedom comes responsibility.”
The misnomer of license that is “freedom” twists its way through contemporary media much too frequently. Often times, this license is even further warped into a so-called “unalienable right”.
In fact, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that all people have the right to freedom of speech, religion, press, etc. The freedoms stated in this Constitutional Amendment are no different from the freedom referred to by Mrs. Roosevelt—they require responsibility.
Now, no doubt, any man or woman should be able to voice his or her opinion as freely as he or she desires, but if it so much as nudges the same endowed rights of another person, he or she is simply out of order.
Thus, freedom is not a right; freedom is a responsibility.
Both of us (Matt and Brendon) have recently kept running lists of inspirational or philosophical quotes on our computers/phones—we total to well over 150 (and counting) at the time of writing. So, we thought it would be a great idea to compile our favorites and post them here, so here they are:
1. “All men are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.”
– Miyamoto Musashi
2. “There’s great honor in a failed attempt but no honor in no attempt.”
– Laird Hamilton