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Exclusive: Roe v. Wade archive auctioned off, now in the hands of pro-life conservative Glenn Beck
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Exclusive: Roe v. Wade archive auctioned off, now in the hands of pro-life conservative Glenn Beck

The archive of historic documents central to the Roe v. Wade case that temporarily guaranteed abortion rights across the United States – a ruling long extolled by eugenicists and other varieties of leftist – recently went up for auction.

This collection, totaling around 150 case-related documents, was amassed by Linda Coffee, the Dallas lawyer who first launched the abortion rights case. The 80-year-old recently expressed her desire to pass along the archive to the next generation of pro-abortionists – an archive she told D Magazine contained “symbolic” items.

It did not, however, end up in the hands of Planned Parenthood or some blue-state gallery.

Coffee and many of those upset about the overturning of Roe in June were dealt a second blow this week.

In a move likely to enrage leftists, including those terrorists the Department of Justice has proven unable or unwilling to hold accountable, nationally syndicated radio host and co-founder of Blaze Media Glenn Beck acquired the collection, sealing the deal on March 6.

Roe v. Wade is history, and that history is now in the hands of a pro-life conservative.

Background

The Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade proved as divisive as it was deadly. For many Americans, it signaled the country’s embrace of eugenics and a federal excuse to slaughter at least 63 million babies.

For others, the decision and the legal battle that preceded it were together regarded as a triumph for women’s rights, warranting a quasi-religious reverence that has even resulted in the erection of commemorative graven images.

Linda Coffee’s archive of Roe v. Wade documents, which some proponents of abortion may regard as relics, recently went to auction.

According to the Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders Auctions, Coffee’s collection “documents the entire journey — from the letter Coffee wrote to Sarah Weddington proposing that the two women work together ‘to challenge the Texas Abortion Statute’, to the receipt for $15.00 given to Coffee after filing the case in Texas, to the original affidavit signed by Norma McCorvey (‘Jane Roe’), to the Supreme Court quill pens given to Coffee by the Court after successfully arguing the case."

The auction house noted further that “the archive contains nearly 150 pages of documents and letters related to the case, plus personal effects such as Coffee's law license, bestowed upon her in 1968 only two years before she would file Roe v. Wade.”

“Standout” items include:

  • The original “notarized affidavit signed in blue ballpoint by Norma L. McCorvey, ’alias Jane Roe’, dated 21 May 1970, as part of a motion for summary judgment. The 10-point affidavit clearly states McCorvey's reasons as to why she wants an abortion and also states that she can't afford an illegal abortion that's available in Dallas by ’competent licensed physicians’”;
  • “Two receipts, each for $15 and dated 3 March 1970, from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, with Coffee's name handwritten at top. The first receipt is for filing ‘Roe vs. Wade’ with its case number CA-3-3690-B also noted”;
  • “Coffee's retained copy of the letter that she wrote to Sarah Weddington regarding the possibility of working together on an abortion case”;
  • “The two quill pens given to Linda Coffee by the Supreme Court for arguing the case before the Court in 1971 and 1972, an honor bestowed upon lawyers who argue a case before the nation's highest Court”;
  • Documents detailing “each stage of Roe v. Wade as it progressed through the appellate system"; and
  • A variety of other documents pertaining to the case and the landmark ruling.

Linda Coffee and her lesbian partner, Rebecca Hartt, told D Magazine that they had curated the collection after the West Nile virus nearly killed Coffee.

The near-death experience coupled with the overturning of Roe v. Wade prompted Hartt to tell Coffee, “You might live to be 88 like Judge Sarah Hughes, but you need to get this stuff to the next generation.”

Hartt said, “We don’t know who’s going to end up acquiring it, but hopefully it will motivate some of the people to get into law or politics or whatever, because it needs to be challenged.”

Beck indicated that Coffee and Hartt got their wish in getting the collection to the next generation. However, he suggested that “they have passed it to a generation who perhaps is less focused on the so-called 'human right' to kill and more on the human responsibility to care, love, and protect both the mother and child.”

Instead of a liberal reliquary, the collection goes to Glenn Beck, based in a state where the slaughter of the unborn has been banned except in special circumstances.

Bidding opened at $50,000. Beck put in the winning bid of $615,632 (including a 25% buyer’s premium).

Beck was surprised that he took home the collection, having previously figured he would lose “it to someone like Bill or Melinda Gates who are very much interested in those things that Dickens’ Scrooge would describe as policies that ‘decrease the surplus population.’”

Although the price was steep, Beck and his wife both agreed “that the real price of these documents were the lives of at least 60 million children.”

“If we can use this to help expose this culture of death and Moloch worship, any monetary price we could personally pay would be worth it,” he added.

Complementing a history of evil

These documents chronicling the efforts that ultimately led to tens of millions of deaths and the strengthening of what some reckoned to be a “culture of death” will now be provided with the added historical context of the “pain, suffering, and deaths resulting from the ruling,” said Beck.

“I think this case joined with the testimony of those who have now had abortions who are forever scarred will be a powerful presentation,” said Blaze Media’s co-founder. “It is not just the life of the baby we all should be concerned about, but also that of the mother. The killing of one's unborn child can hold a mother in suffering for the rest of her life.”

Beck considers the juxtaposition of cause and consequence when presenting Coffee’s collection – in this case as it pertains to the legalization of abortion throughout America – to be incredibly important, as it sheds light on the darkness and “the evils that come from making science our god and the cheapening of life.”

“Those like Margaret Sanger are no better than those doctors and nurses that were killing the children who were deemed 'useless eaters,’” he said.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is a long-celebrated icon of pro-abortion activists who sought to sterilize so-called undesirables by force or other means. In Sanger's own words, "morons, mental defectives, epileptics," along with criminals, the poor, the illiterate, and the unemployed, were unfit to breed and should therefore be precluded from doing so.

In a 1923 New York Times article, Sanger wrote, "Birth Control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization."

Concerning so-called birth control, Sanger clearly did not want all of the unborn exterminated, but only certain kinds.

Sanger, who started "The Negro Project" in 1939, wrote to a project director, suggesting that black ministers had to gain the trust of the communities the birth control initiative was supposed to victimize, saying, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population."’

The New York Post reported that nearly 24 million black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Beck intimated that Coffee’s archive will be at home in his collection documenting the culture of death and its proponents: “I have in my German Eugenics collection the last prescription Josef Mengele wrote at the children’s hospital he headed. It was for the drug they used to kill the 'children' most times without the knowledge of the parents. The writing of that script was the last act before opening his 'hospital' in Auschwitz.”

“What is happening here in America with not only abortion but also of gender mutilation and euthanasia is evil. It is the same blood sacrifice we have seen throughout the history of man. We know how this ends, and as for me and my family, we have made our choice years ago,” said Beck. “We will not remain silent in the face of evil. ‘Never again’ means NOW. … We will not follow THE science. Instead, we will follow and serve THE Lord.”

A deadly acquisition

Despite the quasi-religious reverence the radical left and eugenicists paid the 1973 Roe ruling, Beck stated he sincerely hopes the acquisition “doesn’t ruffle feathers.”

Rather than divide, he hopes the collection as it will be presented will unite Americans in contemplating “the darkest and most important issues that have been asked and answered differently throughout human history.”

The abortion debate ramifies into other issues, he suggested, such as artificial intelligence and transhumanism, with particular regard to definitions of what constitutes a life and what protections must be afforded the living.

When asked whether Coffee’s archive will end up at Mercury One’s American Journey Experience museum in Irving, Texas, which has over 160,000 artifacts, Beck replied, “We have not decided where its final home for display will be. For now, our plan will be to debut it in St. George, Utah, from the last week of June through the first week of July, as part of what I am calling 'The Blueprints of Freedom' … which includes $75 million worth of documents and items from [Christopher] Columbus through today."

Concerning the exhibit, Beck said, it “is an honest look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of our own history: The Founders, inventors, mercies, and massacres.”

The collection also boasts pop culture artifacts, “including one of seven pairs of ruby slippers; … the Ten Commandments used in the 1956 film; the sword of William Wallace from 'Braveheart'; Batman's cowl from ‘Batman Returns’; Darth Vader’s mask from 'Episode 4,' as well as C-3PO and R2-D2.”

The Roe archive’s inclusion in the exhibit will underscore that Coffee’s bloody legacy has been undone in the service of life and a proper reading of the Constitution.

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