LEFTIST MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO SMEAR PRO-LIFE NORMA CORVEY — JANE ROE OF ROE V. WADE

May 25, 2020 by

5.24.20 – Breitbart

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: I graduated from college with Sarah Ragle Weddington who filed Roe v. Wade, the lawsuit that made the killing of an unborn baby legal.  I knew Sarah well.  She will have to answer for the millions of aborted babies whose lives have been lost.  

On 1.20.13, I wrote an article entitled “The Road Taken: Roe v. Wade” in which I compared my fellow graduate’s life with my own. That article is posted further on down the page. As I said, “It is strange how two people going to the same college could have ended up on two completely different paths.”

“Leftist Media Joins FX to Smear Pro-Life Movement in Norma McCorvey Doc ‘AKA Jane Roe’”

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/05/24/leftist-media-joins-fx-to-smear-pro-life-movement-in-norma-mccorvey-doc-aka-jane-roe/

Excerpts from this article:

The national pro-life community is condemning what it calls a “smear campaign” by left-wing media as an FX Networks documentary about Norma McCorvey, who was Jane Roe in the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, premiered Friday.

FX Networks, owned by The Walt Disney Company, announced the film, AKA Jane Roe, would illuminate the “real-life ‘Roe’ of Roe v. Wade fame — and her journey from pro-choice to pro-life.”

The media “smear campaign,” however, launched after some trailers for the film featured McCorvey, now deceased, appearing to say she had been paid by members of the pro-life community to say she was pro-life:

“I think it was a mutual thing … I took their money and they’d put me out in front of the cameras and tell me what to say,” McCorvey can be heard saying about 20 minutes into the film. “That’s what I’d say.”

“If a young woman wants to have an abortion, that’s no skin off my ass,” she is also heard saying. “That’s why they call it choice.”

However, Allan Parker, founder of The Justice Foundation, represented McCorvey from 2000 to 2005 in her efforts to reverse the case that bears her name.

In a statement, Parker said:

In view of my many conversations with Norma and considering the sworn testimony she provided to the Supreme Court, I believe the producers of the newly-released FX documentary ‘AKA Jane Roe’ paid Norma, befriended her and then betrayed her. This documentary cannot be trusted and the perception it attempts to create around my friend and former client, Norma, is patently false.

The Justice Foundation presented the following facts:

  • Norma’s sworn testimony provided to the Supreme Court details her efforts to reverse Roe v. Wade.
  • Norma changed her mind from being pro-abortion to being pro-life after working in the abortion industry. The actual reality of the callous disregard for women led her to change her mind on abortion.
  • Once she became pro-life, Norma fought to the end of her life with all of the power and effort she could muster to reverse Roe v. Wade, including asking the Supreme Court to hear her case again. McCorvey’s arguments in her Rule 60 Motion which she filed have still not been ruled on by the Court to this day.
  • Norma McCorvey loved Operation Outcry, the women who had been injured by abortion and those that helped Norma collect testimonies of women injured by abortion.
  • Every year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, she felt the grief, sorrow and burden of another million babies killed in America. Even though she knew she was forgiven, still felt legally responsible for the deaths. She felt used and abused by the legal system, including her lawyers and the Supreme Court.

Parker’s foundation referred to the film’s director, Nick Sweeney, as a “liberal, pro-abortion activist.”

Pro-abortion activists used Norma McCorvey “Jane Roe” to legalize abortion…

Now, grossly, after her death, they use her again to push for killing children, despite her dedication to ending the violence.

The abortion industry loves exploiting those unable to speak for themselves.

As Catholic News Agency reported, McCorvey suffered from mental health issues throughout her life. McCorvey also said she had been sexually abused as a child and later, after placing her third child for adoption, developed substance abuse problems.

Though McCorvey advocated for abortion rights and worked in an abortion clinic at one time, in 1998 she joined the Catholic Church.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, knew McCorvey for over 20 years, spoke with McCorvey on the day of her death in 2017, and celebrated her funeral Mass.

Pavone said in a statement:

One would think that any normal or honest person who wants to understand the journey of Norma McCorvey would talk with those who journeyed with her. I knew her and was one of her key spiritual guides for 22 years, starting in 1995 with her baptism, right through the conversation we had on the day she died. I was privileged to lead and preach at her funeral. I knew her struggles and her pain. She didn’t just have positions; she had deep wounds because of her involvement with Roe v. Wade, and I guided her through the healing of those wounds, in the quiet hours of struggle that nobody saw or heard about. Those are things you don’t fake.

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, was also a personal friend of McCorvey’s, and said she and McCorvey often shopped, visited, and traveled together for two decades.

“Her daughter Melissa called Father Pavone and me on the day she was dying, and both of us spoke to Norma,” Morana said in a statement. “She made me promise that we would continue to fight the unjust decision made in her name. Whatever she may have said to this filmmaker, and for whatever reason, can in no way rewrite what we lived through together for decades.”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said she knew McCorvey personally, and that she “always spoke with passion about her pro-life convictions, which represented a huge and public shift from how she had been seen for so long.”

I believe the woman that I personally knew who lived a painful and complicated life, but spoke directly about how she felt about it,” Hawkins added. “And I also don’t believe that FX is a good actor, when you consider that earlier this year, they went after the iconic Phyllis Schlafly. Tearing down pro-life champions won’t work for those of us who have had the privilege of knowing the real people behind the headlines.”

Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum and a national leader of the conservative movement, was a pro-life mother of six children who launched a successful campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The Eagle Forum and other pro-life leaders have condemned FX on Hulu’s portrayal of Schlafly in Mrs. America as a cold and callous woman prepared to defeat the ERA by any means possible:

Eunie Smith, the organization’s president, said in a statement sent to Breitbart News, “We have seen first-hand in Mrs. America that FX is capable of twisting the narrative of a story when it comes to figures in the Conservative movement.”

“While our organization didn’t know Norma McCorvey personally, we are deeply concerned about any coercion that may have taken place in order for FX to reach a desired outcome,” Smith added. “We, along with other pro-life groups, have signed onto a coalition letter asking FX to release all unedited footage so that the public can make an accurate decision.”

Former Planned Parenthood manager-turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson posted a statement about McCorvey to Facebook.

Johnson said she spoke to McCorvey only once, just days before her death, about their common background of having supported abortion prior to becoming pro-life.

Johnson wrote:

She was a fragile woman. A woman whose life was riddled with heartache. She was shamelessly used by the abortion industry at a young age. She was a vulnerable target for them and that’s who they prey on. No one reading this can even understand the mental state of a woman tormented by that burden…especially in the last year of her life.

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, also said he knew McCorvey well:

[A]t one time, she lived with my family in the Wichita, Kansas, area for several months. I knew her to be a straightforward, down-to-earth woman who was witty and kind. She loved children and adored my own five children. There is no way her Christian faith or her pro-life beliefs were false.

“The makers of AKA Jane Roe should be ashamed that they took advantage of Norma in the vulnerable last days of her life, then released their spurious movie after she passed away when she could not defend herself,” Newman added.

Dr. Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, also said in a statement, “Shameful fake news would have us believe that Norma McCorvey was a mercenary.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” King said. “For those of us who knew and loved Norma, we know that at the end, Norma loved God, and Norma loved life.”

Most Americans are not aware that McCorvey never actually had an abortion but placed her baby for adoption prior to the high Court’s ruling. In 2013, McCorvey, then a pro-life activist, said in a video she was dedicated to overturning the ruling in her case.

“I think it’s safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie,” McCorvey said. “I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name.”

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[I wrote and published this article back on 1.20.13, but its contents are still valid today since the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade is tomorrow on 1.22.18.  – Donna Garner]

“The Road Taken: Roe v. Wade”

by Donna Garner

1.20.13

This coming Tuesday, January 22, 2013, is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  On 1.20.13 the Dallas Morning News published an article on the front page about Sarah Ragle Weddington, the attorney who “won the Supreme Court case.

I went to college with Sarah Ragle Weddington, and I remember her very well. It is strange how two people going to the same college could have ended up on two completely different paths: 

SARA RAGLE WEDDINGTONDONNA BURKE GARNER
Sarah graduated from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, in 1963 with a teaching degree.I graduated from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, in 1963 with a teaching degree.  I knew Sarah well and frequently disagreed with her liberal-left interpretations of Biblical principles and traditional values. Sarah was a rebel forty years ago even in a Christian college.
Sarah was the daughter of a Methodist minister.I was the daughter of two sincere Christian parents who valued the sanctity of each person’s life.
Sarah married Ron Weddington.  I married Wayne Garner, a student at McMurry College; and, God willing, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this coming summer.
Sarah went to law school, got pregnant, went to Piedras Negras to get an abortion because the baby was an “inconvenience.”  In a few years, she and Ron divorced. She never remarried nor had any more children. She lives alone. My husband became a teacher and a coach for 36 years, and I became an English and Spanish teacher for 33 years.  I taught for four years before having two sons and then stayed home with them for ten years until they both started into elementary school.  During those ten years, we had one income, moved frequently with coaching changes, struggled  financially, but managed to be active in churches, schools, and community activities wherever we lived.
Sarah received her law degree at the University of Texas and became involved with a group of feminist women who helped pregnant women get illegal abortions.  Sarah filed a federal lawsuit for abortions; this was called Roe v. Wade. Our children were a joy to us, and both of them graduated from high school and then from Texas A&M University.  Both married Aggie wives; and we have five precious grandchildren, the oldest of whom will graduate from high school this May. The five grandchildren are strong students.  Our two sons, their wives, and all five grandchildren have committed their lives to Christ.  
Sarah and her law school friend Linda Coffee recruited Norma McCorvey who became “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade.  After Sarah argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, it ruled on Jan. 22, 1973, that abortion was legal. I have spent my life rearing our children and grandchildren, teaching thousands of young people during my teaching career, and battling for strong academic standards in our schools. 
Norma McCorvey has told her story on this website:  http://www.endroe.org/roebio.aspx Norma has stated that Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee “were looking for somebody, anybody, to use to further their own agenda.  I was their most willing dupe.”  Thankfully, Norma never had the abortion but put her baby up for adoption. In the last 15 years, Norma has become a Christian and is an outspoken pro-life leader who has dedicated herself to the sanctity-of-life movement. I have researched, written, and published hundreds of pro-life, pro-family, and pro-abstinence-only articles.  I regularly write commentaries on political, social, and education issues.  Our family is deeply involved with sanctity-of-life organizations and political platforms that support traditional family values.
Sarah returned to Austin, ran for state representative, and teamed up with her friend, Ann Richards. Cecile Richards, who was then Ann’s teenage daughter, is now the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.My husband and I have many friends from all over this country who are working hard to restore the Judeo-Christian values upon which America is built. 
Sarah became President Jimmy Carter’s White House adviser on women’s issues.I was appointed by President Reagan and re-appointed by President George H. Bush to the National Commission on Migrant Education.
Sarah returned to Austin and taught at U. T. for 25 years. I was chosen by Gov. George W. Bush’s administration to help write the English / Language Arts/ Reading curriculum standards for Texas. 
Sarah developed breast cancer (could be because of her earlier abortion – there is a well-documented link between abortion and breast cancer — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/26/study-shows-abortion-linked-to-high-breast-cancer-risk/).When I stopped teaching in the Texas public schools, I taught in three private Christian schools and then was the writer/researcher for Scott & White Worth the Wait, an abstinence-only curriculum based upon the medical and scientific data.
Sarah lives alone in an old house near the Texas Capitol.My husband and I live together in a modest home in Central Texas where we have chosen to maintain a simple lifestyle, pay our bills, and not build up debt.  
Sarah Weddington and Cecile Richards will meet the Lord some day and will have to try to justify the 55 Million abortions that have occurred in the United States since Roe v. Wade. I long for the day when I will see the Lord and sit at His feet.
Today The Dallas Morning News published a front-page article on Sarah Weddington because of the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade this coming Tuesday, Jan. 22.Our family will celebrate with pro-lifers the fact that an unborn baby is not “a piece of tissue” (as Norma McCorvey was told by Sarah Weddington) but instead is God’s sacred creation.    This Tuesday we in Texas will have special reason to celebrate the new pro-life laws that have been passed because of the courage of millions of pro-lifers, the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, and the commitment of pro-life Legislators to protect life.

Please read “The Killing Fields of America” by Donna Garner published on December 12, 2006 and republished on 1.20.13 — http://educationviews.org/the-killing-fields-of-america/

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