Landmark Abortion Case a Scam? Roe Claims She Was Paid to Lie
In a new documentary entitled “Aka Jane Roe,” FX Networks is set to revisit the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, with a controversial claim that she had lied about her pro-life conversion in exchange for monetary gains.
In 1970, Norma McCorvey used the alias “Jane Roe” to protect her identity, and challenged then-District Attorney of Dallas County, Henry Wade in her right to have an abortion. The case was brought into the Supreme Court, and McCorvey, who by then had already given birth, continued to advocate for women’s absolute right to terminate a pregnancy. In the infamous court-ruling of 1973, Seven of the court justices voted in favor of “Roe,” citing that under the right to privacy, women can undergo abortion until her third trimester.
After the landmark case, Roe claimed that she had a “conversion” to a “pro-life” view as Life News debunked historical claims by stating that initially, McCorvey wanted a divorce, not an abortion. However, McCorvey’s lawyer, Sarah Weddington, used it as an opportunity to turn it into a landmark case. In fact, Roe had not committed abortion and instead signed the child for adoption.
The FX Networks film challenges McCorvey’s pro-life conversion, by insisting that before her death in February of 2017, the once iconic abortion advocate made a death bed confession, claiming that her conversion was just part of an “act.” In a film preview, McCorvey said: “This is my deathbed confession.” She continued by saying that “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.”
When she was asked if evangelicals saw her as a form of “trophy,” McCorvey agreed, saying that they considered her as a “big fish.” She also went on to give an example of the so-called “anti-abortion lines” before commenting that she was a good actress.
However, members of the pro-life movement, denied such allegations, citing that the media network was just taking advantage, of McCorvey as Steven Ertelt from Life News believed that the FX Networks used a “broken” and “frail” woman to even further their own agenda. Ertelt explained that prior to her death, McCorvey had never recanted her statements, and continued to be a “genuine” pro-life advocate.
Moreover, pro-life figure Father Frank Pavone also pushed back against the film. In his Twitter post, Fr. Pavone addressed issues of McCorvey’s sincerity. The priest reaffirmed her conversion, stating that as her spiritual guide for 22 years, he believed that she was sincere in terms of pro-life conversion. To prove this, Pavone stated that he had stayed in regular contact with McCorvey, and had even conducted her funeral.
So #abortion supporters are claiming Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe v Wade, wasn't sincere in her conversion.— Fr. Frank Pavone 🇺🇸 (Text LIFE to 88022) (@frfrankpavone) May 19, 2020
I was her spiritual guide for 22 years, received her into the #Catholic Church, kept regular contact, spoke w her the day she died, & conducted her funeral.
President of Students for Life of America, Kristan Hawkins, also rallied against the controversial documentary. Kristan claimed that McCorvey had spoken strongly in terms of her “pro-life convictions,” serving as a testament to a massive public shift in the pro-life movement. “The woman that I personally knew lived a painful & complicated life, but spoke directly about how she felt about it,” Kristan wrote.
Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) always spoke w/ passion about her pro-life convictions, which represented a huge & public shift from how she had been seen for so long.— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) May 19, 2020
The woman that I personally knew lived a painful & complicated life, but spoke directly about how she felt about it. pic.twitter.com/jUEmOLGKOf