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TERRE HAUTE — Remember Roe’s change of heart

As our national debate over Roe v. Wade continues, it is important for all concerned to know one major fact that is often ignored by the media. Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, has changed her mind. Since 1995, Ms. McCorvey has been a pro-life activist, doing everything she can to undo the damage that was done in the case that will forever be associated with her. She has even gone so far as to ask the Supreme Court to overturn its decision.

While it would be naive to think that this in and of itself would change anyone’s mind, it should give those who generally consider themselves “pro-choice” pause. Ms. McCorvey has admitted that she did not understand the full ramifications of abortion. She was unaware of the health risks to herself and of what was involved with the actual abortion procedure. She simply wanted to end her pregnancy. When she finally learned more about what abortion actually is, she had a change of heart.

When one is going to speak about legal abortion, he should take the time to learn more about what it actually is and the long-term effects of the various abortion procedures.

Surely this will not make everyone pro-life, but it will raise the level of discourse on this hot-button issue. Hopefully once people take the time to follow Ms. McCorvey’s lead we will be able to find greater common ground and reduce the number of abortions.

— Tom McBroom

Terre Haute

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