Monday, February 20, 2017

the Death of Roe

by Douglas V. Gibbs
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If Jane Roe had remained on the side of abortion, the media would have reported her death with long and sorrowful monologues.  Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Court Case that led to the federal government unconstitutionally legalizing abortion nationwide) became a pro-life advocate, however, and spent her life trying to undo what she did.  She died last Saturday at the age of 69, without more than a quick note on the tickers of the mainstream media.

McCorvey accepted Christ in the mid-1990s, and she realized, upon her decision to become a Christian, the terrible thing she had done.

“Upon knowing God, I realized that my case, which legalized abortion on demand, was the biggest mistake of my life,” she said.

“You see, abortion has eliminated 50 million innocent babies in the U.S. alone since 1973. Abortion scars an untold number of post-abortive mothers and fathers and families, too.”

In 2005 she explained how she had been a pawn, a tool who thought she was fighting for a right, rather than the coming genocide of millions upon millions of babies.  “I believe that I was used and abused by the court system in America,” McCorvey said in testimony in 2005 before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Instead of helping women in Roe v. Wade, I brought destruction to me and millions of women throughout the nation.”

Her testimony was sorrowful.  She regretted her part in the court case she played.  And, she mentioned the baby she ultimately chose not to abort:

"I am glad today that that child is alive and that I did not elect to abort. I was actually silent about my role in abortion for many years and did not speak out at all. Then, in the 1980s, in order to justify my own conduct, with many conflicting emotions, I did come forward publicly to support Roe v. Wade.

"Then around 1992, I began to work in abortion clinics. Like most Americans, including many of you senators, I had no actual experience with abortion until that point. When I began to work in the abortion clinics, I became even more emotionally confused and conflicted between what my conscience knew to be evil, and what the judges, my mind and my need for money were telling me was OK. I saw women crying in the recovery rooms. If abortion is so right, why were the women crying?"

Then she entered into a part of her testimony that sounded like a house of horrors, much like the images we were exposed to when the Kermit Gosnell case surfaced.

"I saw the baby parts, which are a horrible sight to see, but I urge everyone who supports abortion to look at the bodies to face the truth of what they support. I saw filthy conditions in abortion clinics even when ‘Roe’ was supposed to clean up ‘back alley’ abortions. I saw the low regard for women from abortion doctors.

"My conscience was bothering me more and more, causing me to drink more and more and more. If you are trapped in wrongdoing then all you can do is justify and defend your actions, but the pain gets worse and worse, so I drank a lot to kill the pain."

Then the hope for life entered her own life. . . in the form of a pro-life facility:

"Finally, in 1995, a pro-life organization moved its offices right next door to the abortion clinic where I was working. I acted hatefully towards those people. But those people acted lovingly to me most of the time. One man did angrily accuse me at one point of being responsible for killing 40 million babies, but he later came to me and apologized for his words and said they were not motivated by love. The answer to the abortion problem is forgiveness, repentance, and love."

McCorvey saw the light.  She realized this was not about a woman's right to murder, but a child's right to live.

And then, she became among the most unlikely of pro-life activists.

Her life, and death, is a testimony.  The battle to stop the wholesale slaughter of babies, however, remains far from being won.  McCorvey will be missed.  Her contribution to saving babies has been tremendous.  Her story may save even more precious children.

God Bless Norma McCorvey, the unlikely pro-life warrior.  Surely, the trumpets of Heaven are playing songs of joy as she enters the Glory of God.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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