Norma Gene McCorvey died at an assisted-living home in Katy, Texas on February 18, 2017. She was 69 years old.
Ms. McCorvey is perhaps better known by another name—Jane Roe. That’s the pseudonym she used when she sued the State of Texas to overturn its laws against killing unborn children. Her case was decided by the Supreme Court in January of 1973. Seven justices ruled that the Constitution contains a right to abortion even though the document neither mentions nor hints at the word.
Twenty-two years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, McCorvey switched sides and became a pro-life activist, after which she spent another 22 years working to overturn the case that bears her “name.” In 1995 she was baptized as an Evangelical Christian and in 1998 she converted to Catholicism. She also left the lesbian lifestyle that she had led since childhood. (McCorvey considered herself bisexual for most of her life though she seemed to prefer women.)
Roe v. Wade remains the single most shameful decision ever handed down by the court. Other infamous cases—Plessy v. Ferguson, Buck v. Bell, and Korematsu v. United States—do not compare to Roe in terms of sheer evil. Besides the fact that it has been a death warrant for millions of unborn children since 1973, the decision was also completely unmoored from the US Constitution. Even its defenders can’t cite the relevant section of the Constitution; they just think that consequence-free sex is pretty neat.
The entire legal foundation for Roe is pack of lies. The plaintiff, her lawyers, and the judges all told breathtaking whoppers in pursuit of their shared legal goal.
The judges lied when they said that the Constitution demanded the overturning of abortion laws across the country. That’s what the judges wanted, not what the Constitution required. Roe v. Wade is the rule of men, not the rule of law, and these particular men sanctioned lethal violence. The “right” to an abortion was plucked from thin air by seven men who simply wished it into existence. With a bang of the gavel they vacated the duly enacted statutes of 48 states
McCorvey told her own lies too, at the insistence of her ACLU attorneys. “I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion,” said McCorvey. “It was all a lie.” Her fib served to cloud people’s judgement. Even people who understand that a human life is at stake tend to lose the courage of their pro-life convictions when a pregnancy results from rape. Who are we to insist that a rape victim carry her rapist’s child to term? But McCorvey wasn’t raped and the court eventually legalized abortion for any reason at all.