One day, the phone rang at the office [of the Right to Life League of Southern California], and for whatever reason, the secretary wasn’t there. Instead, a board member, who was working there on a fundraiser and did not really know the usual phone protocol, answered the phone.
The young man on the other end told her, “My girlfriend will kill my baby.”
Now, had Lori or one of the other office workers picked up the phone, they would have counseled the young man, and explained that, legally, the Right to Life League could do nothing. Instead, this board member said, “We can stop that! We’ll get you a lawyer!”
They called the legal offices of Sam Casey, who later became head of the Christian Legal Society. Sam was not there, and if he had been, he would have told her they could not do anything about it. Instead, another lawyer answered and suggested they file a temporary restraining order to prevent the abortion.
Once in court, they argued that the young man and his girlfriend had gone to a crisis pregnancy center, where the girl had said that she wanted to keep the baby. Her parents were pressuring her, but she herself did not want the abortion. Amazingly, the judge granted them the temporary restraining order and told them he would stop the abortion until Andrea could appear before him and tell him herself that she wanted the abortion.
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