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Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck has acquired the archives of Linda Coffee, the last living member of the legal team that argued Roe v. Wade.
“Roe vs. Wade is history, and now that history is in the hands of a pro-life conservative,” Beck said on his radio show Thursday.
Coffee, 80, put the archive up for auction through an independent auction house earlier this year, with a starting bid of $50,000. There were 14 bids, the auction house’s website said. Beck won with a bid of more than $600,000.
Through a representative, Coffee declined to comment.
Beck rose to prominence as a conservative talk radio host before joining the Fox News Channel in 2009. Almost immediately, he triggered boycotts by calling President Barack Obama a racist and making antisemitic remarks about George Soros. He left Fox after just two years, instead focusing on The Blaze, his frequently imploding right-wing media website.
In 2020, he opened the American Journey Experience, a “museum and training center” in Irving, alongside David Barton, a Christian conservative activist and founder of WallBuilders. The museum encourages guests to “take an active role in defending the American Journey.”
Coffee’s archives will debut this summer as part of an exhibit called “The Blueprints of Freedom,” Beck said on his radio show.
“The Roe archives’ inclusion in the exhibit will underscore Coffee’s bloody legacy that has been undone in the service of life and the proper reading of the Constitution,” Beck said.
The archive spans the width and breadth of the legal fight to establish a constitutional right to abortion: the receipt for the $15 fee to file the original suit; the notarized