Remembering Norma McCorvey, the Former 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade

Norma McCorvey

Norma McCorvey was the plaintiff in the Roe vs. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court, which legalized abortion in all 50 states.

In 1995 she became a pro-life Christian, and in 1998 was initiated into the Catholic Church.

She had a pro-life ministry, known as Crossing Over Ministry. 

Below you will find various expressions of the story of her journey, and of the role Priests for Life has been privileged to play. (scroll down for more photos)

News about Norma's Death

Statement from Norma McCorvey's Family (02/17)

Press Release: Priests for Life mourns the death of Norma McCorvey (02/17)

Norma's Obituary

Family Of ‘Jane Roe’ Reminds World How Their Mom Wants To Be Remembered (WesternJournalism.com, 02/17)

Janet Morana remembers her friend Norma McCorvey and how she became Roe No More (Currents TV, 02/17)

Janet Morana’s recollections of her friend Norma McCorvey (EWTN News Nightly, 02/17)

The Vicarious Trauma of Jane Roe by Janet Morana and Kevin Burke (National Catholic Register, 02/17)

Facebook Live Video: Fr. Frank mourns the passing of Norma McCorvey (02/17)

Facebook Live Video: Reflections from Fr. Frank on his interactions with Norma (02/17) 

Janet Morana remembers her friend, Norma McCorvey (National Catholic Register, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in legalizing abortion who later turned pro-life, dead at 69 (Aleteia.org, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade, is dead at 69 (New York Times, 02/17)

Norma "Jane Roe" McCorvey dies at 69 (TheNewAmerican.com, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade abortion rights case, dies at 69 (NBC News. 02/17) 

Norma McCorvey, AKA 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade, dies at 69 (SI Live, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade, is dead at 69 (USA Today, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade court case, has died (10News.com, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, The "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade Who Eventually Became A Pro-Life Activist, Dies At 69 (TownHall.com, 02/17)

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion case, dies (CNN, 02/17)

Video: Fr. Frank Pavone on NBC Nightly News (NBC, 02/17)

Articles and Interviews from Norm's Journey Over the Years


Interview with Norma McCorvey Pt. 1 (1999)

Interview with Norma McCorvey Pt. 2 (1999)

Life and Choice (10/99)

Life on the Line (11/07)

People of Life Spot (11/08)


Interview with Norma as taped for Defending Life TV series (08/97)

Who was the "Roe" of Roe vs. Wade? (02/98)

Reflections on Norma's Journey of Faith (06/98)

Jane Roe's Long Road to Truth (National Catholic Register, 06/98)

Fr. Frank Pavone Confirms Norma McCorvey in the Catholic Church (08/98)

From the Post-Communion Reflection after Norma's First Communion (08/98)

My Journey into the Catholic Church: A Supplement to "Won by Love," by Norma McCorvey, with Fr. Frank Pavone (01/01)

Review of Norma's book, "Won by Love" (07/01)

10 Year Anniversary of Norma being Received into the Catholic Church (2008)

Jane Roe becomes a Christian (Catholic New York, 08/95)

Norma McCorvey becomes a Christian (Wanderer, 08/95)

Interview of Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano (Pro-Life Action League, 04/96)

Norma McCorvey's Press Release about her decision to join the Catholic Church (06/98)

Norma McCorvey Prepares to Join the Church (Catholic News Service, 06/98)

Norma McCorvey Prepares to Join Catholic Church (Catholic World News, 06/98)

Norma Received into the Catholic Church (Catholic News Service, 08/98)

Homily at the Reception of Norma McCorvey into the Catholic Church (08/98)

The Paths of a Prodigal Daughter (Our Sunday Visitor, 10/98)

Norma's Newsletter (01/99)

Interview with Norma and Fr. Frank Pavone (Rio Grande Catholic, 06/99)

Interview with Norma in Diocese of Austin, TX (10/99)

Reversing Roe: The Video of Norma's Journey (01/12)

Fr. Frank bestowing the sacrament of confirmation upon Norma in August 17, 1998 in Dallas as she is received into the Catholic Church.Fr. Frank  goes over aspects of the ceremony with her before the Confirmation Mass began.

Fr. Frank, Sandra Cano, Norma McCorvey and Fr. Scanlan at the Tomb of the Unborn Child in Steubenville

Fr. Frank, Norma and Fr.Victor at Fr. Frank's 25th Anniversary Party
Janet Morana, Norma and Fr. Frank at the 2011 National Right to Life ConventionNorma and Fr. Frank on the Set of Gospel of Life
Cardinal Renato Martino, Fr. Frank and NormaNorma was Active in the Pro-Life Movement
Bryan Kemper with Norma holding Bryan's "I survived Roe" T-ShirtFr. Denis Wilde, OSA with Norma

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