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Greg J Dixon
Norma Leah McCorvey, better known as the plaintiff "Jane Roe" in the law suit known as Roe v Wade, that made abortion legal in the U.S, died this past Saturday, Feb. 18, at 69 years of age.  

"Roe v Wade – It's a matter of perspective"

By Dr. Greg J. Dixon

Norma Leah McCorvey, better known as the plaintiff "Jane Roe" in the law suit known as Roe v Wade, that made abortion legal in the U.S, died this past Saturday, Feb. 18, at 69 years of age. Thankfully she died recanting her decision as a mass murderer, and did so in a public testimony that has been well publicized in a book titled Won by Love, which was actually her second one on this subject, along with a movie titled, Lake of Fire, a 2006 pro-choice documentary by Tony Kaye on the abortion controversy in the United States, featuring McCorvey discussing her involvement in Roe v. Wade and her subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism. McCorvey made her acting debut in Doonby, shot on location in 2010 in the small central Texas town of Smithville. Starring John SchneiderJenn Gotzon and Robert Davi, the film previewed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the fall of 2011.

In February 2005, McCorvey petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision with McCorvey v. Hill, arguing that she had standing to do so as one of the original litigants and that the case should be heard once again in light of what she claimed was evidence that the procedure harms women, but the petition was denied because the Supreme Court considered the matter to be moot.

On January 22, 2008, McCorvey endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. McCorvey stated, "I support Ron Paul for president because we share the same goal, that of overturning Roe v. Wade. He has never wavered on the issue of being pro-life and has a voting record to prove it. He understands the importance of civil liberties for all, including the unborn."

McCorvey remained active in pro-life demonstrations, including one she participated in before President Barack Obama's commencement address to the graduates of the University of Notre Dame (the decision to invite the President to speak at the university on May 17, 2009 was controversial because his views on abortion conflicted with the teachings of the Catholic Church, with which the University is affiliated). McCorvey was arrested on the first day of U.S. Senate hearings for the confirmation of the presidential nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States of Sonia Sotomayor, after McCorvey and another protester began shouting during Senator Al Franken's opening statement.

Her book Won by Love contains a portion of her testimony that follows: "I was sitting in O.R.'s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. 'Norma', I said to myself, 'They're right'. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that's a baby! It's as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth—that's a baby!

I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn't about 'products of conception'. It wasn't about 'missed periods'. It was about children being killed in their mother's wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear"

According to Wikipedia, her testimony also clearly stated that: "Shortly thereafter, McCorvey released a statement that affirmed her entrance into the Roman Catholic Church, and later she was confirmed into the church as a full member.

Later in life, McCorvey stated that she was no longer a lesbian.

It is not ours to pass judgment on the seriousness nor the depth of McCorvey's Christian faith, but we can say that we rejoice in her change of mind, sincere repentance on the matter of aborticide, and public renouncement of her personal sin, and public participation in abortion on demand as becoming the "law of the land."  She claimed that the thing that changed her perspective, was not the Roman Catholic Church, but the Christian Faith. For her the R.C. Church was the mere delivery system for that faith.

But what all of this does show is that one's perspective determines the outcome. In this case Christianity in the life of Norma McCorvey was a matter of life and death, for millions of little unborn infants.