Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Evangelizers Post: Jane Roe on the Damascus Road

I have a new article up at  

In 1973, Norma McCorvey sued District Attorney of Dallas County Henry Wade over her desire to abort her unborn child.  Given the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” the case went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The result has been a holocaust of tens of millions of unborn babies murdered legally in the US.

On February 18th, 2017, Norma McCorvey died of heart failure.  

And I have little doubt that she is destined for glory in Heaven.

To be sure, she was the impetus for all of the horrors of legalized abortion in our country.  It can be argued that if it wasn’t her, another woman would have been “Jane Roe.”  But regardless, McCorvey  was the one.  

In her personal life, she also has many struggles.  She had an alcoholic mother and became a juvenile delinquent, often becoming a ward of the state.  She married her husband Woody McCorvey when she was 16 and divorced him soon after he allegedly assaulted her.  She also began to abuse alcohol like her mother and started a long time lesbian affair with a woman named Connie Gonzales.  

After the landmark case making abortion legal, she became an abortion advocate and worked in the clinics.

All of this factually accurate portrays a life far away from God’s plan for us.

Norma never ended up having the abortion that she sued for the right to have.  Instead, her daughter was born and placed for adoption.  I remember when I was a kid seeing a news report about how McCorvey wanted to find that child and reunite with her.  I am ashamed to say that in my lack of charity I thought, “No way!  She didn’t even want the kid so she has no right to have any relationship with the girl she tried to murder!”

I wonder how many people treated McCorvey with the same hard-heartedness that I expressed?  I pray very few. Because we must never forget that every human being is the stuff out of which saints are made.

Oscar Wilde once said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”  

Not only is this true of McCorvey but also one of the most important men in all of Christianity: St. Paul.
You can read the entire article here.

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