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Questions and Answers: Is "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade Still Proabortion?

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.


Is “Jane Roe,” the woman involved in the renowned Roe v. Wade abortion case before the Supreme Court, still pro-abortion?


Although she recanted her views about abortion seven years ago, relatively few people know that “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym that Norma McCorvey assumed as the lead plaintiff in the infamous Roe v. Wade case, no longer supports abortion. In fact, she now adamantly opposes the slaughtering of innocent babies. Not long ago, just twenty minutes from our offices at Apologetics Press, Ms. McCorvey discussed her “conversion” before a crowd of 350 people. McCorvey informed her listeners that after more than twenty years of supporting the pro-abortion platform, she finally saw the error of her ways. What did it take? McCorvey indicated the “straw that broke the camel’s back” came as she was working in an abortion clinic and was told to enter the room where aborted fetuses were kept. Her assignment was to count the various body parts of an infant who had just been “aborted,” to make sure the doctor had retrieved the entire baby from the mother’s womb. McCorvey, who had worked in at least four abortion clinics, stated, “I went back to the ‘parts room,’ and I looked at this tiny little infant, and I freaked” (as quoted in McGrew, 2002).

The one female who symbolized a woman’s right to have an abortion now sees abortion as the heinous sin that it really is—the shedding of innocent blood (see Proverbs 6:17). She now understands how barbaric it is to tear an infant from his (or her) mother’s womb, literally shredding the child into “parts.” McCorvey not only has seen the error of her ways, but currently spends much of her time helping women save babies, rather than encouraging them to murder them (“Who is Jane?...,” 1998). If more pro-abortionists saw what Norma McCorvey witnessed, perhaps they, too, would “swap sides.”

If “Jane Roe,” the onetime leading spokeswoman for abortion, can change the error of her ways, then undoubtedly our elected representatives and Supreme Court justices can, too. Let us pray to the Almighty regarding this matter, and encourage our government officials to uphold the value of human life by one day reversing the ungodly 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.


McGrew, Jannel (2002), “‘Jane Roe’ Tells Story of Change at Fund-raiser,” Prattville Progress, May 1.

“Who is ‘Jane Roe’?” (1998), [On-line], URL: http: //

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