Jane Roe, a name synonymous with abortion, written in history books as a champion of “woman’s rights” and used to shape the nation’s view on legally ending the life of an unborn human being. When brought up in conversation, good or bad, it ignites deep emotions that often stir up passion and outrage. But what’s in a name and who or what really defines us?
In her book, Won By Love, Norma McCorvey shares her story of broken relationships, teen struggles with her parents, and the poor choices that lead to drugs, alcohol, homelessness, and a second unplanned pregnancy. Adding to the lies by claiming she was gang-raped, she looked for an easy out and sought to obtain an abortion, which was illegal in Texas at the time. This culmination of circumstances made her the perfect pawn in an agenda that was beyond her comprehension, eventually leading to Roe v Wade. No doubt, Norma McCorvey’s new identity as Jane Roe gave her a false sense of purpose and place in this world.
After working in an abortion clinic for several years, Norma met evangelical pastor, Flip Benham. This unlikely friendship landed her in his office at Operation Rescue where she came face-to-face with the lies she was clinging to.
“I was sitting in Operation Rescue’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. 'Norma', I said to myself, 'They're right'. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that's a baby! It's as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth—that's a baby!
I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn't about 'products of conception'. It wasn't about 'missed periods'. It was about children being killed in their mother's wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.
I am always blown away at how a friendship or chance encounter with someone can change the course of a person’s life. As Christ Followers, when we generously share the gifts we’ve been given and do so with grace, compassion, and patience, God moves and people receive the freedom their hearts have longed for. Sitting in Flip Benham’s office wasn’t a coincidence, but it did take an invitation. God didn’t use Pastor Flip to overturn Roe v Wade, but to overturn the life of Norma Leah McCorvey, along with many other pro-choice advocates. This unlikely friendship introduced Norma to Jesus and literally transformed the identity of a woman who was dead inside.
During that same year, on August 8, 1995, Norma Leah McCorvey was baptized and Jane Roe was laid to rest. Look at that smile – that is freedom! Norma found a new identity in Christ and spent the rest of her life fighting to overturn Roe v Wade.
”Jane Roes” walk through our doors every day at PIC, but we know God has another name he wants to give them; Child of God. We believe that PIC offers them a space where they can discover truths about their circumstances AND the person of Jesus Christ. Together we pray that will lead them to choose life in the womb and for eternity. That cannot happen without your partnership. I’m inviting you to invest in LIFE today. You can invest financially and you can volunteer your time. Both are necessary to sustain our mission and both will transform lives.