Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the US Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade abortion decision in 1973, died in February.
I had the privilege of confirming Norma into the Catholic Church in 1998, and of being her friend and mentor since 1995, when she first became pro-life. When I first interviewed her, I said, “So, you are the Jane Roe of the Roe vs. Wade case … ” and she replied, “No, Fr. Frank, I used to be the Jane Roe, but now I am a new creation in Christ.” Her faith was very real to her and the forgiveness and peace Christ brings were gifts she relied on every day.
Norma never had an abortion, and yet at the same time, the weight of 58 million lives taken as a result of Roe vs. Wade was a daily burden for her. She went through a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat under my guidance to continue to find deeper healing, and devoted herself entirely to working to end abortion. A few days before last month’s March for Life, I asked her what message she wanted me to give to the pro-life movement, and she said, “Tell all the pro-life activists to redouble their efforts to end Roe vs. Wade. And I want to specially encourage young pro-life activists. Keep focused on the battle, because we are winning it.”
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Norma McCorvey. Read about her conversion, because so many still do not know. If she can change and find mercy, anyone can. Find out more details at www.Priestsforlife.org