Obituary: Norma McCorvey, the mother in Roe v. Wade (1947-2017)

ap090728018889-620x590Norma McCorvey, the mother who sought an abortion in the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade case in the US Supreme Court passed away on 18 February. The case in which she was referred to anonymously as Jane Roe ended in a ruling by the activist court which deemed that the US Constitution guaranteed a “right to abortion”, something found nowhere in the text, thereby striking down all laws by individual states which banned abortion.

Ms McCorvey later regretted her actions and became a strong pro-life advocate as well as converting to Catholicism. In the culture wars of the 1970s in the USA, Ms McCorvey fell prey to a pair of radical feminist lawyers who had no concern for her personal situation but were seeking to take a test-case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to overturn State-level prohibitions on abortion, in the particular case, in Texas. The lawyers, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington exploited Ms McCorvey’s vulnerable position in their evil campaign to legalise abortion.

Soon after the ruling, Ms McCorvey informed the public that she was the mother cited in the case. The trial took three years and she had never attended a single session. Her baby had already been long born and given up for adoption due to her own mental and material state. She said that she had been depressed at the time she was referred to Coffee and Weddington and that they had used her “as a pawn” in their feminist agenda. So much for genuine concern for women in difficult situations!

Despite the heaviness on her heart over the killing of some 58 million children since Roe v. Wade, she gained comfort through her Christian faith. She experienced the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat programme, which works with women to help heal their wounds after abortion (even though she never had an abortion herself), and she devoted herself to bring an end to the tragedy of abortion. May she Rest in Peace.

Statement of Norma McCorvey’s Family

“Losing a loved one is always a difficult time for a family. Losing a loved one who was also a public figure at the center of a national controversy brings additional challenges. It also brings additional consolations.

We are, therefore, grateful to so many people across America and around the world who, in these days, are expressing their condolences, their prayers, and their gratitude for the example Mom gave them in standing up for life and truth. Though she was the Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, she worked hard for the day when that decision would be reversed.

We are also grateful for the respect shown to our privacy at this time of grieving. Mom suffered much during her life, but we are grateful to God that she took his hand, found his peace, and now has that peace in its fullness.

As we adjust in our private lives to the loss of Mom, we know that her story will live on in the public and pray that it will bless many people.”