Skip to comments.Norma McCorvey- the 'Roe" From Roe v Wade - Arrested On Notre Dame Campus (video report)
Posted on 05/17/2009 4:10:05 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNYEdited on 05/17/2009 6:26:23 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Norma McCorvey, the "Roe" from the Roe v Wade Supreme Court Decision, was arrested today on the Notre Dame Campus while protesting the visit by Barack Obama.
Nearly 40 Protesters Arrested at Notre Dame
AP Sunday May 17, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Nearly 40 people were arrested Sunday as they tried to enter the University of Notre Dame to protest President Obama's appearance at commencement, police said.
At least 39 people were taken into custody on trespassing charges, police Sgt. Bill Redman said. Among those arrested were Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff identified as "Roe" in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. She now opposes abortion.
So...Person A defends infanticide policies, Person B protests abortion policies— and Person B gets arrested. Makes sense.
A full circle.
...no, it doesn’t.
Can this be our “Rosa Parks”? For the information of all: Norma’s conversion began years ago, beginning with friendly contact with Operation Rescue. You may remember Operation Rescue - that group founded by that nut Randy Terry...
Good. I hope this gets a lot of press.
Good for her. She was RAILROADED from everything I’ve read. She’s very brave, IMHO.
I'll predict that Rush WILL pick up on it. Fox is giving it some notice.
Roe v. Wade catapulted her attorney Sarah Weddington to the WH as Special Advisor to former Pres. Jimmah Cahter
Norma Leah McCorvey
Norma Leah McCorvey (Nelson born September 22, 1947, in Simmesport, Louisiana) is best known by the legal pseudonym “Jane Roe” in the landmark American lawsuit Roe v. Wade in 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws legislating against abortion are unconstitutional, overturning individual states’ laws against abortion. Years later she recanted her support of abortion rights, thus becoming pro-life.
The Roe vs. Wade case took three years of trials to reach the United States Supreme Court. In the meantime, McCorvey had not aborted, but had given birth to the baby in question. In the case, she claimed that her pregnancy was the result of rape. She now claims that to have been untrue.
In the 1980s, McCorvey revealed herself to be the “Jane Roe” of the famous case, and that she had been the “pawn” of two young and ambitious lawyers (Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee) who were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could challenge the Texas state law prohibiting abortion. In her 1994 autobiography, I Am Roe (her first book), she wrote of her sexuality. For many years she had lived quietly in Dallas, Texas, with her long-time partner, Connie Gonzales. “We’re not like other lesbians, going to bars,” she said in a New York Times interview. “We’re lesbians by ourselves. We’re homers.”
At a signing of I Am Roe, in 1994, McCorvey was befriended by pro-life activist Flip Benham. Within a year, McCorvey converted to Christianity. She was baptized on August 8, 1995, by Benham in a Dallas backyard swimming pool, which event was filmed for national television. Two days later she announced that she had become an advocate of the pro-life movement (specifically, “Operation Rescue”), campaigning to make abortion illegal.
She wrote in her book, Won by Love,
“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, Abortion—it brings out the kid in you! 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. Abortionat any pointwas wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.”
In 1998, she released a statement that affirmed her entrance into the Roman Catholic Church, and she has been confirmed into the church as a full member. She has also stated that she is no longer a lesbian. On August 17, 1998 She was received into the Catholic Church by Fr. Frank Pavone, the International Director of Priests for Life and Fr. Edward Robinson in Dallas, Texas.
In 2005, in McCorvey v. Hill, she petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision, arguing that the case should be heard again in light of evidence that the procedure harms women, but that petition was denied.
Despite asking for an abortion in her original suit, McCorvey never had the procedure. She gave birth to a girl, who was placed for adoption. As is common in cases heard by the Supreme Court, the court decision took longer than the nine-month pregnancy.
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 was one of 27 people arrested during a protest of President Obama’s commencement address to the graduates of the University of Notre Dame. The decision to have Obama speak at the school on May 17, 2009 was met with some controversy because his opinions on abortion differ from those of the Catholic Church.
I agree. She is a brave person and was railroaded.
Was she or wasn’t she arrested? I’m reading conflicting stories.
One day, she wasn’t arrested, just set aside by the police. The next day, she was arrested.
But the person that talked to her wasn't Randell Terry. I remember watching this on the CBS Saturday Mornig Show they had McCorvey and a young man from an anti-abortion group on tv and they show was about how they developed a cordial friendship. Personaly I think Randell Terry is about Randell Terry. There was a female ND student on Fox News Channel last night and I like her much better. The Shiavo's made a mistake when they partnered up with this Terry fellow.
I love the youtube poster that says he/she is pro-life and pro-Obama... Some people have some nerve and are just completely willing to toss aside principles to jump on a band wagon and become sheep...
I watched her arrested live today with tie-wraps on her wrists, asked if they could be tied in front, and denied. It was a live video feed of the Notre Dame protests I copped off a FR thread somewhere this morning.
Some people question his financial situation, as if his being compensated for his labor is somehow shady.
Some people claim to be opposed to his tactics and strategy. This is hard to get a handle on, because there is no specificity to the objection.
My conclusion is that we on the right are, consciously or unconsciously, uncomfortable with the fact that we are now, officially, on the outside, looking in. We do not yet accept that the time may be past when we can pin our hopes on winning elections. We are unwilling to look at how evils in our society have been dealt with in our past.
As conservatives, I believe this does go against our grain. We tend to revere our past and can be tempted to gloss over the evils in that past. Randy keeps bringing all that up and challenges us to decide which side we will be on.
There is legalized evil in our nation's history, as well as in our present. Those who call attention to evil are never going to be popular; it's not a benefit in the job description. So the attacks on him are to be expected. But, if we are in agreement with the goals, let's be precise and constructive with the criticism.
I would be interested in your comments on my #20 post
That swirly needs to be bigger, and it might actually work!
I have mixed feelings about Flip Benham, too. He was the man was was partially responsible for leading Norma McCorvey to Christ. On the other hand, when I had a friend who was not sure whether she should abort her baby, I put her in contact with Flip. I was there. He gave a firebrand speech to the girl rather than counseling her gently. As a result, she had an abortion the next day. This was almost 20 twenty years ago and I haven't talked to Benham since.
As far as I can tell from googling, none of the wire services have mentioned Roe/McCorvey in their headlines. They do mention her in the first or second line though. Most newspapers seem to be running with the Reuters version which is headlined “Obama urges “fair-minded” abortion debate”. Isn’t he just so reasonable and civil and dreamy?
Nope, not unexpected at all. It’s always interesting to watch the press avoid certain stories. As a general rule they love irony, and Jane Roe getting arrested while protesting abortion is so ironic that a magnet would stick to it, yet here they are pretending like it doesn’t deserve mention in a headline.
I watched him being interviewed on Fox and I thought he was remarkably articulate and forceful and I recall saying to myself at the time, would that we had so good as spokesman for the Republican Party.
Perhaps all of this is explained by the fact that I am becoming increasingly radicalized on this issue and probably across the board as well.
It is just like how Obama is seen as the leader of the Black Community, yet has no problem with the extreme amount of abortions going on to decimate their numbers. Sometimes cognitive dissonance is the only way to rationalize such paradoxical behavior.
Great point. I'll bet he gave a lot of people a new way to at least think upon these things.
Quote of the Day from this story:
‘Sunsara Taylor, a New York City resident and a member of the abortion-rights group Abortion on Demand, said outside the school’s gates that ‘there was a voice missing’ in the controversy over Obama’s visit.
‘If women don’t have a right to decide if they have a child, women aren’t free,’ she said. ‘We need to expand abortion access and abortion rights and lift the stigma. Fetuses are not babies and women are not incubators.’
She must think a lot of her mother (the incubator) and she was never a baby when she was a fetus.
I think I am living in Hell.
One problem in your logic, Randell Terry did form operation rescue which has been the catalyst to not only bring Norma McCorvey out of the pro-abortion life but many MANY others.
While the group does both clergy and lay people working for them, it can not be denied without Randall Terry forming a group that brought all these people together.
“Fetuses are not babies.” Well other than the fact that Fetus is Latin for Baby, WTF are they?! They only voice missing is the as yet to be born baby.
You must realize that a person whose soul is as dead as this woman will not acknowledge the unborn living child to be a baby even if shown 4D real time ultrasound of the child moving and yawning in the womb. To allow her mind to awaken to the truth would be too devastating for her guilty conscience, so she works hard to remain dead in soul.
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It is called “killing the messenger.”
All of us are flawed in one way or another. That is why Christ came to this world to rdeem sinners.
IF He could forgive us, why can’t we forgive each other?
I would say that our biggest flaw is none of us are willing to go out into the streets and shout the Gospel of Life from the rooftops as John Paul II told us in Denver in 1993.
Look at what the Tea Parties have accomplished so far.
Why is it that we are so passive when our most innocent — the unborn — the disabled — and the frail elderly need our immediate help?
WHEN JESUS CAME TO OUR TOWN
By G. A. Studdert-Kennedy
When Jesus came to Golgotha
They hanged Him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet,
And made a Calvary;
They crowned Him with a crown of thorns,
Red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days,
And human flesh was cheap.
When Jesus came to our town,
They simply passed Him by,
They never hurt a hair of Him,
They only let Him die.
For men had grown more tender,
And they would not give Him pain,
They only just passed down the street,
And left Him in the rain.
Still Jesus cried, “Forgive them,
For they know not what they do,”
And still it rained the winter rain
That drenched Him through and through;
The crowds went home and left the streets
Without a soul to see,
And Jesus crouched against a wall
And cried for Calvary.