Who is Jane Roe?

Norma McCorvey, the woman who was Jane Roe in the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion in the United States, never actually had an abortion. She was pregnant at the time she signed the affidavit that allowed the Roe case to go forward, but ultimately delivered the child and placed her for adoption. In the affidavit she claimed that she was gang raped (which was untrue) to make the case sound more sympathetic.

Norma McCorvey came to faith in Christ in 1995 after working in an abortion clinic for decades. Her conversion was a result of the witness of members of Operation Rescue (OR), a Christian pro-life organization that stood vigil, and eventually rented space adjoining the abortion clinic for which she worked.

By her own admission, she was particularly influenced by the loving witness of one of the OR witness’s children named Emily, a seven-year-old “evangelist” who showered her with hugs and affection while challenging her with difficult questions like, “Why do you let them kill the babies at the clinic?” She later wrote a book about her conversion titled “Won By Love.” Following her conversion to Christianity, Ms. McCorvey was received into the Catholic Church by Father Frank Pavone, the Director of Priests for Life.

Click here for a more complete summary of her testimony.

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