Throughout her 69 years, Norma McCorvey, aka “Jane Roe” of the tragic 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states, was a woman whose complicated and grief-laden life spanned the spectrum from abortion activist to pro-life stalwart.
The product of a broken home, Ms. McCorvey was repeatedly raped by a relative, dropped out of school when she was in the 9th grade, married at 16 and divorced shortly thereafter. She had three children, all by different men. She wound up making adoption plans for all of them, including the daughter who became the subject of the legendary court decision in January of 1973.
Her conversion to Christianity 20 years later wound up transforming her opinion of abortion and she began championing the cause of life, working feverishly to have her own case overturned.
Ms. McCorvey’s remarkable story boldly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach and grace of God. We mourn her passing and applaud the commitment of her late-life convictions. Hers was a long and painful journey in search of many things. Yesterday, it found the most important thing of all – eternal peace with Jesus Christ.