Former "Jane Roe" Announces Plan to Enter Catholic Church

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.

June 15, 1998

Catholic World News
DALLAS ( - Norma McCorvey, the woman who was once the icon of the pro-abortion movement and later renounced that status to become a pro-lifer and a Christian, announced on Tuesday that she is planning to enter the Catholic Church.
The former "Jane Roe" of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that effectively legalized abortion on demand said she has decided the join the "Mother Church of Christianity." McCorvey was baptized into the Christian faith in 1995 by the Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue, and then later met Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who became a mentor and friend and "the catalyst to bring me into the Catholic Church."
McCorvey said she had clearly heard God tell her in prayer that she was to come home to Him soon. Not knowing what the ominous words meant, she consulted with Father Pavone. "I told him of my concerns, and his advice to me was to continue to pray and to ponder this message," she said. "I listened to him and came to realize that what God was actually saying to me was to ‘come all the way home to Him’ in His Church."
Many Catholic pro-life leaders who knew McCorvey’s mother was Catholic encouraged her to return to that faith after her initial conversion to Christianity. "After I came into Christianity, I just wanted to learn the Gospel and all that," McCorvey said. "And I did, but I also received both the influences of the Evangelical side of the pro-life issue and the Catholic side."
McCorvey said she expects to begin instruction in the Catholic faith in July with Father Edward Robinson in Dallas, and hopes to be ready to enter the Church by the end of the year. "I will also continue to be in close contact with Father Pavone, who now works at the Vatican and will arrange for me to receive my Confirmation in the city of Rome," she added. "He has told me that he is going to inform the Pope of my decision to become a Catholic."

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