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Get inside the mind of Jane Roe
on January 21, 2003
This was a fascinating book. I remember when it first came out that Jane Roe had become a Christian and pro-life. I remember hearing some concern expressed that perhaps Norma McCorvey might be used by the pro-life movement. Then I read her book.
She talks about her story. Some don't realize that Norma McCorvey never had an abortion, and didn't think she would have gotten one had she been able to! She just made the ideal plantiff and was willing to participate in the lawsuit. She believed in the cause of abortion rights, and so, while she was used, she was willing to be used.
In the years that followed, she got involved in the abortion rights movement intimately. She participated in the movement actively and even worked in an abortion clinic. She met leaders in the movement, names that we would all recognize. When she told them who she was, she was personally treated with distain. The only one who was nice to her as a person was Gloria Allred.
In spite of that, they were willing to use her and her history when it suited them. On the stage in the rallies, she was a hero. When the rally was over, she was just Norma McCorvey, someone beneath them.
Who was it that brought her to faith in Christ? It seems impossible, but it was activists in Operation Rescue. They were nothing but kind to her. They reached out to her and accepted her even when she was unkind to them. The way they lived made a profound impression on her. She wanted what they had. She became a believer.
I think it was soon after her profession of faith that the media got ahold of the news. They asked her what she believed about abortion, and she said she still thought it should be legal in the first trimester. Did it anger those who led her to the Lord? No. They let her be herself and express what she believed, even if they disagreed. They privately discussed it with her and eventually persuaded her otherwise, but they never pressured her to be or do anything other than what she was.
She felt that the pro-life movement never used her, but the pro-abortion movement had. That is really something, I think.
Her change of heart was a gradual one, and for a period of time, she worked in the abortion clinic while personally questioning the morality of abortion. She was a receptionist, and answered calls from prospective clients. I remember her retelling of a few calls and interactions during that time. She directed a girl who was troubled about what she was about to do to leave, reschedule, and meet first with the Operation Rescue people! Another caller, when scheduling her abortion, asked, "It's not a baby, yet, right?"
To which Norma answered, "Yes, it is. What did you think it was, a fish?"
I was actually sorry when she left that job. She may not have been doing the abortion clinic any favors, but she did make a positive difference for some women uncertain of their choice.
I thought the book was a page turner, and an amazing story. Had it been told by anyone else, I'd have been inclined to question the veracity of the story. It is almost too incredible to be believed, but it IS Norma's story. I certainly recommend this book.