Pro-Life advocate Norma McCorvey passed away in Texas this past week, after spending almost two decades defending preborn children. She was 69.
McCorvey’s life is a prime example of God’s love and mercy. She was brought into a relationship with Christ after spending about half of her adulthood advocating for abortion rights. In fact, Norma is the woman around whom the Supreme Court concocted its infamous “Roe v. Wade” edict in 1973.
Norma revealed to the world in the 1980s that she was “Jane Roe” and that the factual basis for the lawsuit out of Texas was, in fact, not factual at all. Though she was still “pro-choice” at the time – Norma told the public that she lied about being raped, which was a key ingredient in a public relations campaign to seduce people into accepting the crime of abortion as the new normal in America.
McCorvey even went to work for Planned Parenthood for a time.
But in 1995, the Lord rescued her and she became a Christian.
By 1998, she was prepared to proclaim that she had become pro-Life:
“I am 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.”
We were honored to have Norma McCorvey as our guest speaker at the annual Christmas Dinner in December of 2010.
I don’t believe Norma ever underwent an abortion, but the horror of abortion largely defined her life. She became the poster child for abortion rights at just 22, and spent her remaining time here struggling with the moral and emotional consequences of being sucked up into that evil vortex. It was clear from our time together that she still carried wounds and many scars. There was a sadness about her, as well as a powerful strength.
It is good that she has now received her complete healing and is at peace with the Lord who always loved her.