Posted by: Jennifer | July 14, 2009

Roe v. Sotomayor

There was an anti-abortion protest held outside of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearing yesterday. During the kerfuffle, a woman named Norma McCorvey was arrested after she and others in her group forced their way into the chamber and began yelling during the hearing’s opening remarks.

So why is Norma McCorvey so special? You mean, besides the fact that she is a major supporter of anti-abortion groups and she’s been involved in fundraising and protests that are against abortion for the better part of the last ten years? How about that she is the reason that abortion is legal to begin with? Norma McCorvey is Jane Roe, as in Roe v. Wade.

The woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark Supreme Court abortion case Roe v. Wade was reportedly arrested today at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing.

Norma McCorvey is best known for her role in the 1973 court ruling that secured a woman’s right to an abortion. Years after the pivotal case, McCorvey recanted her support for abortion rights and became an active anti-abortion demonstrator.

[…]”I’m here to overturn Roe and defeat Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” McCorvey said earlier, according to the Sentinel. “She’s unworthy of the position. She’s Catholic. She’s even unworthy of taking communion because of her pro-abortion stance.”

In 1970, Norma McCorvey was a lesbian living in Texas who somehow became pregnant with her third child. She joined up with Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, two lawyers who were looking for a pregnant woman willing to challenge the laws against abortion. Because the court case actually lasted longer than nine months, McCorvey ended up giving birth to a little girl which she gave up for adoption rather than having an abortion, which continued to be illegal in the United States until Roe v. Wade went before the Supreme Court in 1973.

In 1994, McCorvey was befriended by pro-life activists and proceeded to convert to Catholicism, abandon her lover and declare herself straight, and has since spent her life railing against the evils of abortion and those who support it.

On one hand, I fully support McCorvey’s right to change her mind and support whatever views she holds near and dear to her heart. On the other hand, I find it convenient that she became vocal in her opposition to abortion after she was old enough that unplanned pregnancy was no longer an issue for her. I wonder if she would be anti-abortion if she suddenly found herself pregnant again. Then there is the fundamental problem that I have with anti-abortion activists. They tend to forget that “pro-choice” means giving someone the right to choose. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pro-abortion”. But that’s just my opinion.

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  1. Would you also think that repealing REAL murder laws just means giving someone the right to choose, it doesn’t necessarily mean “pro-murder”?


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