Today she regrets what she did, but it is something she will have to live with for the rest of her life. In the aftermath of the Roe vs. Wade infamous decision, that could refer to countless would-be mothers who chose to abort their babies for reasons they will have to answer to God for, but actually we are referring to one person - Norma McCorvey who, in 1969 took on the Church, the Supreme Court and God by becoming "Roe" in the Roe vs. Wade landmark decision that forever changed the face of the earth for the worse. Back during the administration of Lyndon Baines Johnson the country was embroiled in a bitter battle over the atrocities of war in Vietnam. Little did American citizens or the world realize this war was nothing compared with the war that would ensue from the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Hundreds of thousands of our boys died in the rice swamps of Southeast Asia, but that is minimal compared to the nearly 100 million who have been snuffed out through abortion. That rate goes even higher when we consider the new methods of "painless abortion" today through the notorious abortion pills. But back at the end of the decade of the sixties when America was coming to grips with the end of innocence, its citizens blindly embraced the culture of death with open arms. The woman in queston - Norma McCorvey - one of the first to request the moniker Ms., was pregnant and sought an abortion but was denied. She took her case to the Texas supreme court and was overruled by the wise judges of the lone star state. Undaunted, her lawyers appealed to a higher court and the rest, to ours and God's great sadness, is, as they say - history. The perplexing point of all this is that Norma McCorvey did not have the abortion. In fact she never had an abortion. She conceived the baby and gave the child up for adoption. This would happen twice more over the years and both times she came to full term and handed them over to adoption agencies. Strange, you say. Yes, it is. Could it be because she was afraid of the procedure that she so vehemently promoted? Could it be because she was also the victim in this bizarre case, that she truly did not know the ramifications and was hoodwinked and used by the attorneys and lobbyists she had put her trust in? Let's let Ms. Roe tell us in her own words: "I bought all of the feminine rhetoric when I was a young woman in the sixties." By her own admission it was not until recently when she was forced to acknowledge a bumper sticker that said "Abortion stops a beating heart" that she realized what she had done, "I didn't know it at the time, but that was the first time I ever put a face with abortion" she admitted during a talk she gave last year at Holy Cross Church in the diocese of Dallas.
Why would she be allowed to speak in a church, a Catholic church no less. Because three years ago God touched the sinner and she repented. No she didn't become a Catholic, but she was converted to the evangelical sect of the Protestant church and since then has spoken out fiercely against abortion. Catholics can take heart and credit that they did play a role in this conversion for the Reverend Benham would join Bishop Charles Grahmann of Dallas and a group of hundreds of Catholics each month on Saturday morning outside an appointed abortuary, usually in North Dallas, to pray the Rosary reverently in petition to Heaven for deliverance from this evil and for the conversion of those who fostered the culture of death. This editor took part many times in these Rosaries and felt an immense feeling of encouragement that what we were doing was not only right, but necessary. Yet it is not enough. There is much more work to do. The fruits of prayer are beginning to manifest themself, yet satan's legions continue to muster all they can in degrading human life by promoting their dead-end culture of death.
By Norma McCorvey's own admission she has miles to go since she is still not convinced all abortion is wrong. For two full decades plus she had crusaded for the rights of abortion, working in numerous abortuaries and clashing with many pro-life supporters who pleaded with and for as well as praying for her. Those prayers were heard when, through a strange twist of fate or should we say "Godincidence," an Operation Rescue office opened right next door to the pregnancy crisis center where she worked. By her own admission her conscience had been bothering her greatly for what she had seen over the years and, because of the friendliness and concern of some of the peaceable volunteers who worked at Operation Rescue and who exuded Christian love, she gravitated towards their love and concern. It wasn't long before she began confiding in them of the horrors next door...often just to get it off her chest. A family known as the Mackey family, committed to pro-life, volunteered often at the offices of Operation Rescue where the Reverend Skip Benham set up headquarters for the national organization. The innocence of youth came forward in the person of one of the Mackey's young daughters named Emily who pestered Norma to join them at their church. Norma resisted, admitting later, "I was never able to accept the invitations because I felt too ashamed of what I was doing and did." As the days and months stretched on the bond between a troubled McCorvey and the Mackey family tightened and finally, in God's time, she agreed to go to church with them. Less than three weeks later she was baptized by Rev. Benham at the church. She left her job at the abortuary and joined the troops at Operation Rescue for the next year or so proclaiming the atrocities and evils of what really goes on at the abortion clinics, "Though I worked in the clinic, I was still blinded." She realized later, by her own admission and words, that, "The doctors claim they care about women, but they don't. The only thing the doctors care about is money. These women are in trouble, and the doctors are not concerned with that." In late summer last year she left Operation Rescue to strike start a self-developed ministry of her own called Roe No More. This month she has begun a tour of fifteen cities, promoting her book "Won by Love" and preaching the horrors of abortion. This weekend she joins many pro-life leaders like Father Paul Marx, Father Frank Pavone, Alan Keyes, and countless others including Skip Benham, to pray and march for life in our nation's capitol for "March for Life."
Yes, the "lost sheep" has returned to the fold and we rejoice as Jesus says in Luke 15: 7, "I say to you that, even so, there will be joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine just who have no need of repentance." But there are many other sheep out there who are still lost, many shepherds who are slumbering and not watching their flocks, allowing them to stumble, to stray, to fall into the pitfalls and traps set by satan's wolves. We need to do all we can to reverse twenty five years of horror, to make amends for a quarter of a century that has taken more lives of children than were taken in nineteen centuries through abortion. We need to intensify our efforts to bring the sheep back for the Good Shepherd reminds us constantly in John 10: 10 why He became man, suffered and died for us: "I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
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