Even before FX aired AKA Jane Roe, on May 22, the media quickly jumped on a“deathbed confession” from Norma McCorvey. McCorvey claimed that she was paid and coached by the pro-life movement.
Live Action News pointed out that the documentary was heavily edited. The producers of the film also have pro-abortion
Director Nick Sweeney is “best known for directing a U.K. TV series about transgender kids, Born in the Wrong Body.”
The portrayal of pro-lifers is problematic. The documentary focuses on one facet of the movement, through Evangelical preacher Flip Benham. What’s presented is a one-sided view of Benham and of Evangelical Christianity. The kindness Benham showed McCorvey is glossed over and mocked.
Arwa Mahdawi for The Guardians used the film to decry religion and suggested she knew God’s intentions, claiming “As it turns out, it wasn’t God himself directing this new path. It was leaders from the evangelical Christian right…”
Pastor Robert Schenck in the documentary said “what we did to Norma, you lose your soul.” Schenck has since renounced his pro-life views, claiming overturning Roe would lead to “chaos and pain” and that “to impose that kind of crisis on a woman is unthinkable.”
To tell women that facing an unplanned pregnancy is “chaos,” and that choosing life “would be unthinkable,” isn’t loving. It paints women as incapable of leading successful and fulfilling lives when choosing life.
McCorvey’s difficult life is detailed in the documentary. Viewers will have to make the connection for themselves, however, as to how the abortion movement took advantage of these circumstances and used her.
McCorvey initially sought to get an illegal abortion at an underground facility (though today’s abortion facilities are hardly the bastion of safety) She placed her baby for adoption. When speaking to an adoption attorney, she was directed to Sarah Weddington and Laura Coffey who brought Roe v. Wade to the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Texas abortion law. Clips naturally portray Weddington as an eloquent and heroic young woman.
Afterwards, the movement hardly had use for McCorvey, instead showcasing celebrities. Abortion counselor Charlotte Taft confirms:
Clip at 35:23-36:22
McCorvey: The pro-choice people, they never gave me an opportunity, you know? They just… ‘well, no, she can’t speak.’ What?
Taft: She was not the poster girl that would have been helpful to the pro-choice movement. However, an articulate, educated person could not have been the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade.
Morgan Fairchild [Clip at rally]: The battle is not over today.
McCorvey: I’m a very uneducated person, I’m not a demure, quiet, picture perfect white glove lady.
Valerie Harper [Clip at rally]: Abortion must be safe, legal, and and accessible.
Taft: After the rape thing, they didn’t feel like she would help protect Roe v. Wade, even if they wanted to do that. They were scared.
Gloria Allred: She felt that she had been denied the opportunity to be recognized, and be acknowledged.
McCorvey: Which really set me on fire. ‘I’ll do it now just to show you I can do it.’
Taft also mentions that McCorvey thought she was “a victim.” Except that she was, something the abortion movement can’t or won’t acknowledge their role in.
Jennifer Valenti in Medium instead faults pro-lifers, claiming “McCorvey’s story also tracks how anti-abortion activists prey on the most vulnerable.”
Amanda Marcotte for Salon claims according to pro-lifers, “deep down inside, [women] really don’t want access to abortion, but instead are being deceived by a supposedly ruthless “abortion industry.””
Even before she became pro-life, McCorvey implied feeling used:
I read about the decision in the paper like mostly everybody else did. My phone rang, it was Sarah and she said we won. And I said no Sarah, you won. She says, well I thought that maybe you would be excited. I said why would I be excited? I had a baby, then I gave her away. It’s for all the women to come after me.
On McCorvey’s conversion, Taft laments how bothered the abortion movement was, previously noting in the documentary that ““oh, so what, it’s Norma.”:
Clip 46:15-46:37; 47:14-47:33; 51:24-51:31; 51:44-51:53
Taft: Part of what the anti-abortion movement had, which we did not have, was here, if you come here, you’re gonna be good, we’re the good ones, we’re the ones with God.
Younger Taft: I think she’s looking for something that feels like the answer. A vulnerable, impressionable person frankly is being exploited by very clever leaders. She’s looking for peace.
Taft: The leaders of the pro-choice movement were devastated and once more said see, we couldn’t trust her. I can imagine people, regular old people, reading the newspaper, seeing on television, thinking if Jane Roe is against abortion, it must be wrong.
Taft: It was not just a comeback, it was a comeback with such adulation, because the antis were so thrilled.
Taft: It’s hard for me to imagine how she came to terms with betrayal; it’s a betrayal that she did.
It’s actually the abortion movement doing the exploiting and betraying women.
When shown McCorvey’s confession, Taft cries how “that really hurts,” and there are “just really big stakes.”
There are “big stakes” when it comes to the abortion issue, regardless of McCorvey’s role.
Viewers don’t receive fair coverage of pro-lifers or Christians from the documentary. It embolds the media’s hatred for the movement. Nowhere are the lies from the abortion movement fully examined; pro-lifers are the bad guys.
Valenti expresses McCorvey’s confession is “not necessarily a surprising one. The “pro-life” movement has always been a con; this latest revelation is just another reminder of how deep that con goes.”
She claims pro-life legislation, claims against abortion, and activism “is built on mistruths, fabrications, and coercion.”
The takeaway of the documentary ought to be is how misleading and one-sided the abortion industry is, only further propogated by the pro-abortion media.