The Story of Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) is a redemption story. Jane Roe, of course, is the name of the plaintiff used in the case that challenged the Texas abortion law. It went all the way up to the US Supreme Court, and, in 1973, Roe v. Wade overturned all the state laws that made abortion illegal.
The case was a landmark in many ways. It was a stunning display of lack of judicial restraint, in effect legislating from the bench in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers. It was hailed as a resounding victory for women’s rights. It opened the floodgate that has resulted in millions and millions of abortions.
Millions of unborn babies lives have been ended as a result of the work of two attorneys and one willing pawn in the life and death struggle of choice. Norma McCorvey was willing, but she was more of a pawn than a participant. Or was she?
She was raised poor, and people imagine her a hurting, desperate confused woman who was used for political expediency. If not her, it would have been someone else. Right?
But the story did not end there. Obviously, Roe v. Wade had significant consequences for a nation. For Norma McCorvey, she would change her tune. As the landmark decision opened the floodgate of choice, Norma McCorvey switched sides.
In her own words in the following two videos, she describes how she became a Christian and changed her mind about abortion. For much of the rest of her life she seemed to become a champion of the pro-life side of the ledger.
The Norma McCorvey Story Part 2
The Norma McCorvey Story Part 3
But the story doesn’t end there either. In a stunning turn of events, Norma McCorvey made a “deathbed confession”. “‘All an act’: Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, says she was paid by right-wing groups to publicly turn against abortion“, as reported by Grace Panetta for Business Insider, May 19, 2020. So, it seems, the person at the center of Roe v. Wade was a double agent.
“The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in response to McCorvey’s confession in the documentary. ‘Norma McCorvey led a very troubled life. She is responsible for her actions. But she was also exploited by men far more powerful whose aims were far more insidious.'” But was she?
When pro-choice movement distanced itself from her because “her complicated personal life and the inconsistent information she spread about the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy made her an imperfect figurehead for the movement,” she flipped the script and did pretty well for herself.
Apparently, McCorvey made $456,911 off her stint with Operation Rescue on the pro-life side. The article doesn’t say what she made for her pro-choice advocacy.
3 thoughts on “The Story of Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe)”
This is not true. She abused drugs and alcohol long before this case went to court. That is why her mother took away her daughter.
“Norma McCorvey, who had to live with those consequences that she could not reconcile within her, and turned to min numbing drugs to cope, the story is a redemptive one.
I believe those were her words. Maybe she did abuse alcohol and drugs before that, but they became her escape from the burden of what she represented after the case was decided.