Norma McCorvey, the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that struck down all state laws restricting abortion, is filing a motion to overturn the 1973 decision.
According to worldnetdaily.com McCorvey announced in 1995 she had become a Christian and now has a pro-life ministry called Roe No More.
“I long for the day that justice will be done and the burden from all these deaths will be removed from my shoulders,” said McCorvey. “I want to do everything in my power to help women and their children.”
Sophomore psychology major April McCowen too believes in helping women and children, but through a pro-choice aspect.
“I think that it’s ultimately up to the woman to decide what to do with her body,” said McCowen. “However, if the woman has certain religious beliefs, then her options might be limited.”
McCorvey says she now regrets her role in the case and stresses the issue of justice for women, justice for the unborn and justice for what is right.
McCorvey’s biggest obstacle will be convincing not only the courts of her revelation, but the public as well.
“I don’t think she’s a hypocrite, but it’s definitely going to be hard for people to believe that she is now all of a sudden pro-life after 20 years,” said McCowen.
Junior mathematics major Charles Mills agrees.
“While it is very possible for people to change their minds, it is questionable how the person who helped implement [Roe v. Wade] now plans to overturn it,” said Mills.
Last year two lower courts threw out McCorvey’s request to have the ruling reconsidered.
But there may be new evidence to show that abortions do cause harm to a mother and her fetus.
“As humans we have the choice to do right and wrong. Personally I believe life begins with conception,” said Mills.
Reopening the case will tackle the questions of “when does life begin” and “whether or not the Roe v. Wade decision deprived women of protections from dangerous abortions.”