Roe vs. Wade: 40 years of lies

Today marks 40 years of lies fed to and, in all good faith, swallowed by seven of the nine Supreme Court justices as they legalized abortion, 40 years of lies fed to and believed by millions of women getting abortions:

FIRST LIE: Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade, was picked by lawyer Sarah Weddington to put a desperate face on the plight of pregnant women. Norma claimed she had been raped. She later admitted she had not. Later she appealed to the Supreme Court to overrule their ruling because it was based on false testimony. They would not take the case.

In the 1980s, McCorvey asserted that she had been the “pawn” of two young and ambitious lawyers (Weddington and Coffee) who were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could challenge the Texas state law prohibiting abortion. (Wikipedia: Norma McCorvey)

“Sarah sat right across the table from me at Columbo’s pizza parlor, and I didn’t know until two years ago that she had had an abortion herself,” Norma told the New York Times for an article printed in July, 1994. “When I told her then how desperately I needed one, she could have told me where to go for it. But she wouldn’t because she needed me to be pregnant for her case. I set Sarah Weddington up on a pedestal like a rose petal. But when it came to my turn, well. Sarah saw these cuts on my wrists, my swollen eyes from crying, the miserable person sitting across from her, and she knew she had a patsy. She knew I wouldn’t go outside of the realm of her and Linda. I was too scared. It was one of the most hideous times of my life.”

Norma admitted that she had fabricated the story of rape so it might speed up her case so she could get an abortion. It didn’t. “Norma’s baby was born in June 1970; she immediately signed adoption papers. She held the child only briefly, when a nurse mistakenly brought it into her hospital room. The nurse quickly snatched the infant back, leaving Norma in tears.” People magazine (,,20120340,00.html)

The baby, Melissa, was adopted. Mother and daughter were reconciled in 2000 or 2001.

The Supreme Court finally handed down its decision on Jan. 22, 1973. “I was happy we had won,” Norma says. “But I was sad and angry because I had been cheated out of an abortion. Then I realized that there were other women coming after me who would have complete control over their own bodies.”  (People magazine, ibid.)

I Am Roe, her autobiography, came out in 1994. That same year, Norma became a Christian and expressed remorse for her part in the Supreme Court decision. She was baptized on August 8, 1995, in a Dallas, Texas, backyard swimming pool, an event that was filmed for national television. Two days later she announced that she had become an advocate of Operation Rescue’s campaign to make abortion illegal.

Norma’s second book, Won by Love, was published in 1998. She explained her change on the stance of abortion with the following comments:

I was sitting in O.R.’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby! It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!

I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’. It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’. It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.

Shortly thereafter, Norma released a statement that affirmed her entrance into the Roman Catholic Church and on August 17, 1998, she was received into the Catholic Church by Father Frank Pavone, the International Director of Priests for Life and Father Edward Robinson in Dallas.

Norma McCorvey has campaigned for years against the ruling she helped pass. At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayer recently, McCorvey told reporters, “I’m here to overturn Roe and defeat Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. She’s unworthy of the position. She’s Catholic. She’s even unworthy of taking communion because of her pro-abortion stance.”


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