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As plaintiff "Jane Roe," Norma McCorvey ushered in a wave of abortions that she later tried to push back

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Norma McCorvey, better known as “Jane Roe” of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, died Saturday at 69.

Many people have never heard her real name. Many also don’t know that she never actually had an abortion, or that she regretted her role in launching the abortion infanticide that has killed over 58 million babies since 1973, or that she spent the last 22 years of her life advocating her pro-life position.

In 1969, the 22-year-old McCorvey was living in Texas, unemployed and pregnant for the third time. Texas law forbade abortion except when the mother’s life was in danger. At the urging of two young, activist lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, who wanted to challenge the Texas law, McCorvey used the “Jane Doe” pseudonym when she sued Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade (D).

McCorvey had asked Weddington and Coffee where she could obtain an abortion. They claimed not to know, although Weddington had previously obtained one in Mexico. McCorvey’s two other children had been given up for adoption. The case didn’t reach the Supreme Court until 1973, by which time she had given her third child up for adoption as well. The high court ending up striking down state laws prohibiting abortions.

For the next two decades she championed abortion, culminating in a 1994 book titled I Am Roe.

But in 1995 McCorvey had an epiphany, converted to Christianity, and renounced the abortion movement. She became an ardent pro-life advocate after being baptized by Operation Rescue leader the Rev. Philip Benham.

Many major media outlets have reported on her death and pro-life conversion. For example, CBS cited a 1998 AP interview in which McCorvey said, “I’m 100 percent pro-life. I don’t believe in abortion even in an extreme situation. If the woman is impregnated by a rapist, it’s still a child. You’re not to act as your own God.”

During her time as a pro-life warrior, however, she scarcely made headlines.

Did you know, for example, that she was arrested in 2009, along with former GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes and 18 others for protesting at the University of Notre Dame when President Obama was invited there to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree? She was not alone in her outrage. For the Catholic Notre Dame to so publicly bless one of the most virulent, high-profile, pro-abortion advocates, was nothing short of apostasy to many alumni. According to Catholic News Agency, alumni and other donors withheld $14 million in protest.

The arrest got some local news coverage and some column inches in the blogosphere, but the mass media largely took a pass. Can you imagine if an abortion advocate was arrested in a similar situation? Did you also hear that she launched an unsuccessful challenge to Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court in 2005? If you did, it was not because of who she was; it was because she lost.

I have not surveyed all of the mass media stories on McCorvey’s passing, but it is unsurprising that the Washington Post couldn’t resist suggesting the basest of motives for McCorvey’s pro-life switch, claiming: “she grew to feel isolated and abandoned by the movement, which never moved her to its forefront… In 1995 she moved to the other side of the abortion debate, declaring herself a born-again Christian. And found herself again in the headlines.”

According to the Post, Norma McCorvey, the unemployed, drug-addled lesbian, spent her life as a pretentious glory hog. Thus the Left rationalizes what would be for them an otherwise inexplicable change of heart. It can’t possibly be that she really had a change of heart. But she did, including renouncing the gay lifestyle and spending the last 22 years of her life trying to reverse what Roe v. Wade has wrought.

The nanosecond review of McCorvey’s life the mass media deigned to provide came after she died, reportedly of a heart ailment following a case of pneumonia, and you can be sure the news cycle will move on quickly. But it is truly reflective of the battle we wage on all fronts with the now rampaging Left.

David R. Carlin, author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, wrote:

In general, the leaders of the Church have never understood the historical significance of the abortion-rights movement (and this can be said of the gay-marriage movement as well). What the abortion-rights movement wants is not simply the right to kill millions of unborn babies; what it also wants is the utter destruction of Christianity. (Emphasis mine.)

The pro-abortion movement has from the beginning wrapped itself in the mantle of “women’s rights.” But as with so many other issues, the radical Left saw abortion “rights” as a perfect opportunity to split our society right down the middle, with the unstated goal of obliterating the moral principles that in the final analysis are our only non-violent defense against their radical designs.

And they have been wildly successful. Consider that, while our economy tanks and international terrorism threatens the foundations of our republic, the Left puts transgender bathrooms and publicly-funded abortion on demand at the top of its political agenda.

Norma McCorvey understood this, and fully recognized abortion as the destructive societal force it is. Unlike the Left, she saw the error of her ways and sought to undo the damage she did.

Rest in peace, Norma McCorvey, thou good and faithful servant.


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