Meet June Frances Nicholson, A 17-Year-Old Girl In 1937


By: Larry Hasha

Working as a showgirl dancer at the young age of seventeen, June Frances was led into an immodest world that no teenage girl should have been living.  June Frances had become pregnant and on Thursday, April 22 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey, she gave birth to a little baby boy who she named John Joseph.  John Joseph might have never been had it not been for the steadfast moral resolve of his grandmother and mother. Unwed teenagers in the 1930s had little choice and sadly backstreet abortionists were way too often used. June Frances was adamant about not killing her unborn child and her parents, John Nicholson and Ethel May, supported June Frances’s decision to have the baby. The grandparents lovingly raised John Joseph as their own child, keeping the truth of his real mother secret. John Joseph continued to believe John Nicholson and Ethel May were his real parents until his birth mother, June Frances, succumbed to cancer 1974. The identity of John Joseph’s birth father was only known by his mother and grandmother, and that secret went with them to their graves.



While Jack Nicholson’s birthcourse story is a remarkable one, many like him never make it into the world for which they were destined.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, approximately forty-two million children world-wide lose their lives to abortionists each year, with over 1.2 million of those in the United States alone. Between those fortunate enough to avoid being terminated and those ill-fated children who are destroyed, lay a class of children referred to in such cold terms as, “failed abortion”, “dreaded complication”, and more clinically, “live birth”. These resilient ephemerae commonly refer to themselves as “escapee”, “hold-out”, and even “attempted murder victim”, but each of them is truly a survivor of a forbidding planned, and attempted, execution. People like Jack Nicholson and those who survive abortion, have one immense commonality, God had plans for them here. Let the messages from these venerators caringly weigh antecedent of any ‘choice’ a young girl or woman might make in such a situation.

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