Jane Rowe, RIP

norma_mccorvey_jane_roe_1989_cropped-269x300It has been announced that Norma McCorvey, who we all know as Jane Roe has died. We all know that her lawsuit, pushed all the way to the Supreme Court (mostly by feminist activists who used her) was the case that allowed abortions in the United States. What isn’t so well-known is the rest of her story. Gene Veith wrote the best I’ve found on it, which is far better than I could.

Norma McCorvey, who went by the name of “Jane Roe” in the infamous Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, has died at the age of 69.

After winning the Supreme Court case, McCorvey became active in the pro-abortion movement.  But the kindness of a pro-life demonstrator at an abortion clinic led to her conversion to Christianity.

She then became a pro-life activist, battling the abortions that in another life she made legal. […]

She became involved in a lesbian relationship, but after she became a Christian, they became celibate.  After her conversion, she was an evangelical, but she later become Roman Catholic.

Her life is a remarkable testimony to the grace of God, who redeems sinners and changes them.

via The death and new life of “Jane Roe”

I couldn’t agree more, the grace of God is very strong in her story. Gene also excerpted the AP obituary, which I’ll also copy.

Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69.

McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, said journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure and had been ill for some time.

McCorvey was 22, unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time in 1969 when she sought to have an abortion in Texas, where the procedure was illegal except to save a woman’s life. The subsequent lawsuit, known as Roe v. Wade, led to the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling that established abortion rights, though by that time, McCorvey had given birth and given her daughter up for adoption.

Decades later, McCorvey underwent a conversion, becoming an evangelical Christian and joining the anti-abortion movement. A short time later, she underwent another religious conversion and became a Roman Catholic.

“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,” she told The Associated Press in 1998.

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Rest in Peace.

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17 Responses to Jane Rowe, RIP

  1. the unit says:

    I know this isn’t the place to delve deeply in some matters about beliefs. Nor am I knowledgeable enough to contribute much anyway. Just to comment on the article I’ll mention this.
    According to the article she did lots of good works after evangelical conversion. I guess it’s a given to understanding that such conversion involves repentance? One comment after the article said she did repent. I wasn’t shocked she converted to Roman Catholic so much, but it spurred my interest. So I looked around a bit. Found this:
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/novemberweb-only/confidenceevangelical.html
    Not trying to open discussion about it. As for the blog…yep, RIP. The End.

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    • NEO says:

      Interesting article (at least the preview). In my experience, not extensive but some, most either are looking for the authority of the Magisterium, or come to believe it really is the Church that St. Peter founded, that was what drove one of my best friends (John Henry Newman, as well) who converted from Anglicanism first to Orthodox and to Roman Catholicism. Many other things enter into it, including a love for liturgy, structure, and what we call the Real Presence in the Eucharist, which is one of the reasons I’m a Lutheran. There are similar stories going the other way, of course, as well. I just don’t happen to know any that have.

      Yes, rest in peace, she got a horrible start, but did a fair amount of good.

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      • the unit says:

        What would a circus be like without the ringmaster or a carnival without the barker? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        As to the Magisterium and the Church that St. Peter founded, there’s a blogger writing today on the Feast of The Chair of St. Peter. You might find the site interesting. I just stumbled upon the blog yesterday. He is prolific and has several articles today. Don’t know if that’s the case everyday as he’s new to my viewing.
        I got a laugh and charge yesterday as he calls Pope Francis the Evil Clown.
        It’s funny too how I stumbled there. I’ll relate if you find the site interesting. 🙂
        https://mundabor.wordpress.com/

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        • NEO says:

          Ah yes, Mundabor. I’ve read him sporadically for a few years. It won’t surprise you that I disagree with his conclusion, and he is much to radically exclusionary for my taste, or my beliefs. Some of my close friends have turned Catholic for that reason, but they are sensible enough to admit that the rest of us see it differently. It’s one thing to exclude, say Mormons, it’s quite another to exclude, say, the Orthodox, who have as good a claim to being the original, except that they aren’t in Rome. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I didn’t know anything about him or the blog. Exclusionary I had noticed rather quickly as he has a nickname for Protestants, proggies I think it is without going back and looking. I guess to say nickname is right, or maybe more correctly…slur. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Think you’re right, I’m not going back to look either. Yep, I think slur is the correct term. Takes all kinds, I guess. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Still I’m going to tell how I stumbled there and stumble it was now that I know it wasn’t Providence. 🙂
          I was going to tell some internet acquaintances of something I was up to and that I was going to say they would likely think mundane and boring. These days though after the Supremes saying, at least in law, words don’t mean what they used to, it’s the intent that counts, I decided to google mundane as to meanings. Especially Urban Dictionary.
          As soon as I had typed in m-a-n-d-a google gave me a list of choices of which mundabor was one. So curiosity got my goat. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I get quite a few places that way, myself, usually a waste of time 😉 but not always. I tend to refer to him (very occasionally that I do) as Mundabore. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    I guess I was second guessing Jane Roe and being a bit judgmental really. This lets me better just understand what she became.
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/JMorana/a-remembrance-of-norma-mccorvey-1947-2017

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    • NEO says:

      Good article. Yes, I think many did, me included. It’s something I suspect we all do, but shouldn’t. God does what God does. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I knew I was. That’s why I searched out the article. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I wondered if I was, which is something. But, that puts you far above average, most just rely on their first impression. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Gotta keep that in mind when I consider today’s blog article and Milo. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I sure had to, especially as I read Book. Goes against all of my preconceptions.

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  3. Lord deliver us from the error’s of ‘the Milo’s and the Jane Rowe’s’! May we be biblically & theologically literate, and know the right from the wrong, and know something of the true “exclusivity” of being ‘In Christ’, (John 14: 6).

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