Michael Brown on The Real Truth About Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade

The internet is ablaze with reports that Norma McCorvey, who claimed to convert to Christianity and worked for years as a pro-life activist, was actually a paid puppet of the right, putting on an act all these years. So states a forthcoming FX documentary, to be aired on Hulu. Yes, we are told that, “Jane Roe’s Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right.”

Pro-lifers who knew her for years, to the point of becoming her family and close friends, categorically reject these claims. (See here and here and here.) How do we sort this out?

Let’s start with what we do know.

First, regarding the Roe v. Wade case, which began in 1971, McCorvey was used by the pro-abortion side for their purposes.

Jacqulyne Anton, writing in History in the Making, Volume 11, described McCorvey as, “A poor, working-class woman from Louisiana, burdened with the psychological pain of an unplanned pregnancy, [who] unwittingly became the catalyst in the fight for the legalization of abortion.”

After suffering years of physical and emotional abuse, including numerous sexual assaults, and while frequenting gay bars and struggling with substance abuse, she slept with a friend and became pregnant for a third time.

“Nervous and afraid, Norma claimed that she was raped and that that was how she became pregnant.”

She was just 21 at the time.

However, Anton explains, “Norma was not looking to become the protagonist in the legal case that would become a landmark in legalizing abortion for women across the United States. Rather, she was simply looking for the right to safely and legally end her own unwanted pregnancy.”

So, this young woman, the victim of all kinds of abuse, became the anonymous poster girl for the pro-abortion cause, the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade. And note carefully: the claim that she was raped was an outright lie. (For the record, she did not have an abortion but rather gave up her child for adoption.)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown