Pro-Lifers Deny ‘Jane Roe’ Was Pro-Choice, But ‘Jane Roe’ Said She Was Pro-Choice and Documents Show She Was Paid $500K by Pro-Lifers to Pretend She Was Pro-Life
Pro-life evangelicals are denying that Norma McCorvey — “Roe” in the famous Supreme Court court abortion case Roe v. Wade — said she was paid by pro-life evangelicals to oppose abortion and convert to Christianity, even though McCorvey said exactly that in the new FX documentary “AKA Jane Roe.”
Before she died in February 2017, McCorvey told filmmaker Nick Sweeney that evangelical pro-life advocates, such as Operation Rescue, paid her to lie in the 1990s about her conversion from pro-choice to evangelical anti-abortion activist, reports the Los Angeles Times:
I was the big fish. I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they’d put me out in front of the cameras and tell me what to say. That’s what I’d say. It was all an act. I did it well too. I am a good actress...
I wish I knew how many abortions Donald Trump was responsible for. I’m sure he’s lost count, if he can count that high.
Sweeney said he started making the film in April 2016 and frequently visited McCorvey in Katy, Texas:
When she realized I was not involved in the abortion debate she was very happy to open up. I thought she was extremely interesting and enigmatic. I liked that her life was full of these fascinating contradictions.
The documentary also produced evidence that confirmed McCorvey was paid nearly half a million dollars to go along with the ruse.
McCorvey also said in the documentary that she still supported legalized abortion:
A young woman wants to have an abortion, that’s no skin off my *ss. That’s why they call it choice.
Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister and former leader of Operation Rescue, confirmed in the documentary that McCorvey was paid by activists out of concern “that she would go back to the other side“:
There were times I wondered: Is she playing us? And what I didn’t have the guts to say was, because I know [pretty] well we were playing her. What we did with Norma was highly unethical. The jig is up.
McCorvey, who pretended to convert to Christianity in 1995, was in a secret lesbian relationship for many years after her supposed conversion.
Father Frank Pavone, who supposedly led McCorvey to convert to Catholic Christianity, insisted that McCorvey was sincere when she converted, even though she denied it.
To understand that, we’d have to see the unedited footage and we’d have to hear all the conversations preceding it.— Fr. Frank Pavone 🇺🇸 (Text LIFE to 88022) (@frfrankpavone) May 19, 2020
What I can tell you is I had 22 years of conversations & experiences w her. She was sincere.
Cheryl Sullenger, a leader with Operation Rescue who went to prison for conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic, told anti-abortion LifeNews.com that the documentary was “out-of-context fake news.”
Kristan Hawkins, president of the Students for Life of America, told her Twitter followers to reject the “deathbed confession” claim made by McCorvey.
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
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood staffer turned anti-abortion activist, tried to undercut McCorvey‘s words by claiming she was “was not mentally well”:
I spoke with Norma McCorvey before her death. She was a woman who was used by both sides of the abortion debate…a mind tormented by her past and a body ravaged because of her tormented mind. She suffered greatly because of the deadly law that bore her name.— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) May 19, 2020