Norma "Jane Roe" McCorvey on her death bed

“Jane Roe” Says Anti-Abortion Conversion Was “All An Act” Paid For By Evangelicals

A new FX documentary about the woman who initiated the historic Roe v. Wade court case that made abortion legal in the U.S. claims to contain a deathbed confession from “Jane Roe” herself, who did a sudden 180 in the mid-1990s and became an anti-abortion activist. This was very much to the delight of the Evangelical Christian right, but in the filmed confession, Roe—real name Norma McCorvey—says she only did it for the money.

The documentary will be released to the public on May 22, but publications and reviewers who were able to view it early are widely reporting on this revelation.

McCorvey died in 2017 after becoming ill and called the confession to documentary director Nick Sweeney her “deathbed confession.”

“Did [the evangelicals] use you as a trophy?” Sweeney asks.

“Of course,” she replies. “I was the Big Fish.”

U.S. Evangelicals were ecstatic in 1995 when McCorvey “converted” to Christianity and claimed to regret her involvement in the lawsuit, saying that she was a pawn of abortion activists. Instead, it seems that she entered into a mutually beneficial relationship with a group of people who kept her quite comfortable.

“I think it was a mutual thing,” she said in 2017. “I took their money and they took me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. That’s what I’d say.”

Documents found by the makers of the documentary seem to corroborate her confession, showing at least $456,911 in “benevolent gifts” from anti-abortion groups made to McCorvey. Reverend Schenck, one of the Evangelical leaders involved in this scam, also confessed that McCorvey had been “on the payroll, as it were.”

“But I knew what we were doing. And there were times when I was sure she knew,” said Schenck. “And I wondered, ‘Is she playing us?’ What I didn’t have the guts to say was, ‘because I know damn well we’re playing her.'”

News of McCorvey’s confession is currently rocking Twitter and giving some well-earned validation to the pro-choice community.

Can a cause built on so much dishonesty be just? The answer is no.