Who Was the "Roe" of Roe vs. Wade?
We live in a world that has denied personhood to the unborn. We live in a
nation where those that proclaim the right to life of the unborn are viewed as
"anti-progressive" and "anti-women's rights."
However, the small organization, Roe No More Ministry, with only one full
time staff member, strives to counter this anti-life rhetoric. In fact, Roe No
More Ministry proclaims the unique and unpopular message of one woman. This
woman was the "poster-child for choice" and fought for the legalization of
abortion; in fact, she was the plaintiff in the now infamous Supreme Court case
that legalized abortion in the United States. She is Ms. Norma McCorvey, the
former Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade.
About Miss Norma, Director
Ms. Norma L. McCorvey was born September 22, 1947 in Simmesport, Louisiana.
Her life's story does not require dictionary-sized words. The life and
conversion of "Miss Norma," as she likes to be called, is a story attributed
only to God Himself.
In 1969, two lawyers from Texas, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, were
looking to overturn the Texas abortion statute. They approached a pregnant Norma
McCorvey. In the end, Norma signed on the dotted line, making her the plaintiff
in an abortion suit against the State of Texas. This case would later evolve
into the infamous Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion in
this country. After over 28 years of guilt-induced drug binges and various jobs
in abortion clinics in an attempt to justify her involvement in the legalization
of abortion, Norma McCorvey did the unthinkable. As the former "poster-girl" for
abortion who, in the words of a friend, "jumped off the poster and into the arms
of Christ," Norma truly began to live her life for herself.
In 1995, Norma was baptized and gave her life to God. She literally moved
next door from the abortion clinic at which she was working to the national
offices of the prominent pro-life organization, Operation Rescue.
Later, feeling a need to share her personal message, Norma founded Roe No
More Ministry in 1997 with the mission of exposing the lie that is Roe v. Wade.
Norma's faith journey eventually led her home, as she describes it, to the
Roman Catholic Church, into which she was received in 1998.
Miss Norma is now dedicated to reversing what she was a part of some three
About The Ministry
Roe No More was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997.
While Ms. McCorvey is unapologetically Roman Catholic, she prides herself in
maintaining an unequivocally non-denominational ministry. Her message, her
ministry, and her relationships are not affected by what Christian creed one may
profess. Norma is a firm believer in the fact that as Christians, we need to
come together and spread the Good News of life ecumenically as opposed to trying
to convert each other.
As its mission says, Roe No More is "dedicated to spreading the truth: to
know things as they are." Norma now speaks the truth, and this ministry is
dedicated to spreading the truth as Norma lived it.
Roe No More Ministry's primary service is through the public speaking of Miss
Norma. Since Roe No More's inception in 1997, she has traveled to three
countries and over 40 states sharing her story at rallies and with church
congregations, civic organizations, politicians, university students, and
About the Message
Miss Norma founded Roe No More Ministry to share with the world what she
knows about "choice." She knows the truth of Roe v. Wade and the lie upon which
it all started. Roe v. Wade is not liberation for women, but was a case based on
lies and deceit. She has also worked in abortion clinics and knows what really
happens behind closed doors. She knows what the women go through.
Central to Miss Norma's message is her unparalleled support of Crisis
Pregnancy solutions. She recently commented that "instead of supporting
organizations such as Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money, we should support
local Crisis Pregnancy Centers who provide women with options other than killing
their children…Women need to be fully informed…believe me, I've seen first-hand
how inadequate the counseling by abortion providers really is."
In January 1998, Miss Norma testified before a Senate Subcommittee where she
shared, "I saw procedure rooms where sanitation and hygiene were after-thoughts.
I worked with a doctor that operated on women while he was barefoot…but the most
terrible of all, I saw women who were emotionally and physically scarred by
their visit to an abortion clinic. They often came asking us if it was a baby,
and more often than not, they were lied to and told no."
Later, Congressman Joe Pitts commented about Norma's April 1998 presentation
at the Congressional Life Forum, saying "I believe that the power of your
personal testimony helped us take another step toward changing hearts and minds
for life…you answered their questions with the authority of personal
Norma prides herself in being able to speak with, not to, the younger
generation -- the generation who, as Norma describes it, "is in the most need of
At the University of California - Santa Barbara, Miss Norma spoke in front of
a capacity crowd of 525 people at the Isla Vista Theatre. Even more people who
were turned away waited outside the theatre in hopes of entering the building if
anyone inside left early. A junior political science major commented about
Norma's story saying, "Her views have changed as she has become educated about
the issue. It's very interesting to see how her life can turn around because of
her faith," he said. "Whether or not you agree or disagree with her abortion
beliefs," he concluded, "it is important to hear the story from someone that was
the face of the movement."
In the end, Norma's message is about love and forgiveness. And perhaps the
ministry's greatest success is embodied in those people Norma now encounters,
like a woman she recently spoke with after sharing her story at Gonzaga
University in Spokane, Washington. The woman approached Miss Norma and said,
"Thank you for that; I came extremely angry at you and now I am leaving with a
whole new outlook."
Ultimately, what is most unique about Miss Norma and her mission is that she
knows something far greater than herself. She knows God. And because of all of
this, Jane Roe is, in fact, Roe No More.
Miss Norma's BOOK
In 1998, Miss Norma completed work on the autobiography that exposes the
truth about her life in the pro-abortion camp and later, her conversion to
Christ. In Won By Love, Miss Norma goes into great detail regarding her
work in the abortion industry that ultimately led her to drugs and suicide
attempts. The end of Won By Love is not one of defeat - but rather
quite the contrary. Norma's words embody Roe No More Ministry's focus of love
and forgiveness, since, in reality that is what happened to Miss Norma.
To purchase a copy of Miss Norma's acclaimed book, go to
A Special Note from Miss Norma
Thank you for your interest in my work and Roe No More Ministry. If we are
ever to reverse the killing of our unborn in this nation, it will be through
education. I am living proof that knowing the truth can truly set one free.
Our education should be focused on exposing abortion for what it is: the
killing of an innocent. So, I invite you to pray for a culture of life in
America, as opposed to the ever-popular culture of death. But more importantly,
we must live our pro-life convictions. If you know a woman in a crisis pregnancy
situation, don't scold her for her pregnancy out of wedlock; rather, welcome her
with love. Inform her that she, and the life within her, are valued. If she is
in need of counseling have her contact the National Pregnancy Hotline at (800)
848-LOVE. For it is through these types of actions that the Gospel of Life is
I would invite you to support pro-life organizations such as Roe No More
Ministry. It is our type of organization that is here to educate.
Thank you again for your sincere interest in spreading the truth about
For the Voiceless,
Ms. Norma McCorvey, Director
Former Jane Roe
Roe No More Ministry
The full-time, pro-life ministry of the former Jane Roe, Norma McCorvey
P.O. Box 550626
Dallas, TX 75355
Voice (214) 343-1069
Fax (214) 343-8006
World Wide Web: www.roenomore.org
Roe No More Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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