CNA reports that Norma McCorvey will appear in a pro-life TV commercial for the first time. As “Jane Roe”, McCorvey initiated the case of Roe vs. Wade (410 U.S. 113 ) that was used by the US Supreme Court to legislate abortion on demand in the United States; and in the commercial she will express her regret at the Decision and affirm her new orientation:
You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.
McCorvey had spent the years after the Roe decision as a pro-abortion activist. After a long and inspiring journey that was chronicled in part in her book Won By Love, McCorvey became an authentic Christian in 1998 (like NARAL co-founder Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was converted in 1996). It was a signal event that led her friend Frank Pavone to reflect:
The decision of any person to convert to Christ, to become pro-life, and to join the Catholic Church is a momentous decision in the life of that individual, and is a blessing for the entire Church and the pro-life movement. In the case of Norma McCorvey, the decision is also a prophecy. It has been my conviction from doing pro-life work in all 50 states that the abortion industry and the mentality behind it are collapsing. The days of abortion are numbered, because no lie can live forever. Jane Roe’s abandonment of the pro-choice cause is one of many signs of this.
As detailed in her online testimonial and Pavone’s article on Envoy magazine, her conversion began when she struck an unlikely friendship with Flip Benham, the leader of Operation Rescue (OR) whom McCorvey called Flip “Venom” but whose humanity made a deep impression on the longtime abortion icon. The compassion shown even to an ideological opponent by OR volunteers stood in stark contrast to McCorvey’s cold rejection by an elitist (“Ivy League”) pro-choice movement after it had used her.
The love shown her by the almost-aborted daughter of a friend, along with a growing awareness of the evil of abortion, prepared McCorvey’s heart for her initial acceptance of Christ in 1995. Further reflection brought her ever closer to authentic Christianity, and in 1998 she affirmed her return to the one true Church. Fr. Pavone recounts:
At a moving moment in the show I taped with her on EWTN, she asked me to bless the cross she was wearing. I knew this was no ordinary cross. It used to be a pro-choice bracelet. Upon her conversion, Norma had it melted down and transformed into a symbol of the Tree of Life.
The Cross continues to conquer.
Praise God for Norma McCorvey! and may He bless us all.