Mercenary?

Well Norma McCorvey, the Roe in Roe v. Wade, is in the news three years after her death, with a documentary stating that prior to her death in 2017 she admitted that her turning against abortion was simply a matter of being bribed by pro-life groups and that she remained pro-abortion.  From Lifesite News:

 

Decades after the Supreme Court invented the right to abortion using her case, McCorvey converted to the pro-life position after spending years supporting abortion and even working a ta local abortion clinic. And for decades more, she supported pro-life efforts and worked closely with pro-life groups.

As she explained in 2012: “I’m Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the Roe vs. Wade decision that brought ‘legal’ child killing to America. I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion. It was all a lie. Since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave.”

Now, beyond the grave — years after her death — abortion activists are resorting to revisionist history to make it appear that not only was McCorvey not pro-life but making the baseless accusation that pro-life groups paid her to recant her support for abortion.

A new documentary film AKA Jane Roe features an interview with an elderly and frail McCorvey just before her death. Although the full, unedited version has not been released, the documentary purportedly shows McCorvey making some stunning claims. As the pro-abortion Daily Beast writes:

“This is my deathbed confession,” she chuckles, sitting in a chair in her nursing home room, on oxygen. Sweeney asks McCorvey, “Did [the evangelicals] use you as a trophy?” “Of course,” she replies. “I was the Big Fish.”

“Do you think you would say that you used them?” Sweeney responds. “Well,” says McCorvey, “I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they took me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. That’s what I’d say.” She even gives an example of her scripted anti-abortion lines. “I’m a good actress,” she points out. “Of course, I’m not acting now.”

This is unlike what McCorvey said publicly.

In a video before her death, McCorvey explained her effort to obtain a legal abortion in the 1970s when facing an unplanned pregnancy. However, she never had an abortion and realized that her court case was the biggest mistake of her life.

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“Back in 1973, I was a very confused twenty-one year old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy,” she says in the ad. “At the time I fought to obtain a legal abortion, but truth be told, I have three daughters and never had an abortion.”

“I think it’s safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie…. I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name,” McCorvey says.

She concluded the 60 second ad with the words: “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.”

Whether McCorvey is telling the truth or has been coerced and used by abortion advocates looking to undermine the pro-life movement is a very real question. There’s significant doubt about the veracity of a so-called “deathbed confessional” if only because Norma was consistently pro-life for decades but publicly and privately.

While its clear abortion activists exploited a frail and broken McCorvey with a last-minute interview to further their agenda, what’s also very clear to everyone who personally knew Norma over the years is that she was totally and genuinely pro-life. In private email exchanges to this author over the years prior to her death, she never vacillated from her pro-life views and repeatedly thanked LifeNews for standing up for unborn babies.

Father Frank Pavone spent many years with McCorvey and personally facilitated her conversion to become a Catholic. He says the Norma presented in the documentary and pro-abortion articles about it is vastly different from the woman he knew.

 

 

Go here to read the rest.  I met Norma McCorvey and talked to her back in 2006 when the Caring Pregnancy Center in my county had her as a speaker. I was President of the Board of Directors and I had a private conservation with her. Nothing about her seemed inauthentic or rehearsed. In our private conversation she told me that she began her trip to the pro-life side when she was working at a Planned Parenthood clinic and one of the pro-life demonstrators would bring her small daughter with her. She found herself looking forward to seeing the child who was cute and adorable. One of the clinic escorts started screaming at the child and Norma ordered her off the premises. If she was acting she deserved an academy award. I have spent my professional life questioning people.  I have often dealt with liars, and few have fooled me.  There are various tells I look for:  rehearsed, averts their gaze, confused by simple questions, body language, etc.  Norma McCorvey, when I spoke with her, gave me no indication that she did not believe every word she was saying.

Our stipend for her speaking was $1,000.00, a typical speaking fee, perhaps on the low side. If she was in it for the money she was selling herself cheaply.  I have seen estimates that for speaking at pro-life events McCorvey might have made $22,000.00 a year.  She could have earned more on welfare.

The director of the documentary is apparently a loon who did documentaries about small “trans kids”.

I assume the “documentary was not released now for maximum political impact. I find it unsurprising that the same media who ignored her switch to the pro-life side for decades is championing this story three years after her death.

Norma struck me back in 2006 as an ill-educated woman who had led a fairly chaotic, and rough, life. She also struck me as someone who liked to please people. I think this vulture wormed her way into her life and wore her down when she was in her final illness. I would note that Father Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, did her funeral mass, and was a firm friend of hers.  Go here to read what he has said about this.  He spoke to her the day of her death.

I deal with the elderly all the time in my practice. Something that I am always on the lookout for are suspicious last minute changes in wills, because elderly people, especially when they are dying, can be subject to manipulation by the unscrupulous.  I suspect this is precisely what happened here.  Rest in peace Norma.

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20 Comments

  1. Regardless of the politics of this person, slaughtering fully alive innocent humans at any age is about as evil as anyone can be.
    To call it a “sacred right” is about as demonic as one can be.

  2. One needs to reserve judgment on this sort of thing. So much misinformation floating around these days. I’d tell that to the partisan Democrats in our circle who dump cr!p on our Facebook wall every day, but most of them don’t do any thinking any more.

  3. looks at nearly full coffee cup
    I’ve been having trouble sleeping for a week, and I can think of a half-dozen different ways to get extremely misleading video that could be relatively easily made to match the reported statements. Most of them straight from the main stream news, and the cause of people refusing to do interviews unless they get to make and keep their own, unedited, copy.

  4. I’ve been having trouble sleeping for a week,

    The white noise from a room fan helps me Foxfier. When I am concentrating on that I go to sleep pretty quickly. Reading the driest stuff I can find also helps. In a pinch Nyquil PM always knocks me out pretty quickly. I use mouth wash to get the dreadful taste out of my mouth. I normally sleep pretty easily, but when I can’t I have a bag of tricks that normally work for me. What bothers me more is when I have associated dreams through the night on an imaginary legal problem. No one to bill!

  5. Don’t forget the possibility of a very good “deep fake” video. They held it several years. It can take a long time to change a video.
    Frankly I don’t care. Her testimony one way or the other won’t change anyone’s mind.

  6. What bothers me more is when I have associated dreams through the night on an imaginary legal problem. No one to bill!

    Hmm…. Story idea! Adult Nemo in Dreamland. Now that he’s grown up, Nemo has become a lawyer. Every night he thinks he is drifting off with strange legal problems, but is in fact, being called to Dreamland to solve the strange and bizarre cases of the realm. The climax comes when he think he’s not been billing anyone, only to have everybody in dreamland rally to his aid in payment of what he’s done for them. (Bills also don’t work as normal in Dreamland.)

    It would of course, have to be animated.

  7. My late sister the special education teacher once said people do not commonly realize that intelligence and cunning are distinct qualities, and that youngsters who were stupid-but-cunning were common. I’m not seeing anything in Norma McCorvey’s life which suggests she was ever cunning.

  8. Was McCorvey messed up from a childhood of abuse and neglect? Without doubt she was. But for a basically uneducated woman she was also pretty well-spoken and self-composed . She was 69 when she died – elderly, yes, but not 89 or 99 with any apparent dementia. It’s certain she was used – but likely she used others as well . Seems to me Satan has had a field day with this….demonic genius

  9. There is some good discussion of this on pro-life speaker Rebecca Kiessling’s Facebook page. Read the comments, too. She apparently had mental health issues that led to erratic behavior. McCorvey attributed this to the emotional toll of being the plaintiff on a court case that led to the deaths of over 50 million babies.

  10. Thanks, Alphatron, for the link. I had not read much about the real Jane Doe. Also was not familiar with Rebecca Kiessling. Abortion is a grotesque and evil business. A billion dollar business.

  11. Donald–
    thank you, but it’s not the falling asleep, it’s the staying. I fear I suffer from both mom-itis and just the general stress of the kung flu BS. We were supposed to be packing up for me to drag the kids through most of my relatives’ areas, right about now. Three main states being Washington, Oregon and California….. -.-
    But thank you.

  12. My own experience is that people near death sometimes say things (way!) out of character. It’s very possible that happened here….

  13. I tend to agree with the author that this woman was placed in several situations in her life that she was ill equipped to manage. She is more to be pitied than condemned for actions she was clearly not able to cope with.

  14. I would note that evidentiary practices of law enforcement and the courts give especial credence to a “dying declaration,” i.e. a statement made when the testator knows or can be presumed to know they are near death. McCorvey is clearly such a person and deserves such credence. Simply because she inculpates some of the extreme figures in the anti-abortion movement is no reason to doubt her word. I have no reason to doubt what she said is totally true.

  15. A dying declaration is a hearsay exception. It allows the declaration to come into evidence for consideration by the Court or the Jury. It by no means establishes that what is said in the dying declaration is true. In this particular case, in the course of a documentary where Norma McCorvey was being paid, and where she apparently was lied to that the maker of the documentary was pro-life, according to some of her friends and acquaintances who have come forward, and due to the causa mortis being remote at the time she made it from her actual death as opposed, for example, to a declaration from a gunshot victim minutes from death, this “dying declaration” would likely be accorded little weight in court and the truth of the matter would have to be determined by other evidence.

  16. Foxfier, Melatonin 1 tablet of 3mg at bedtime will give you lots of REM so you are more rested. My brother an ER doc recommended it. However there is mom-itis as you mentioned.
    Safe travels for you all.

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