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“Jane Roe,” the plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, was a sell-out.
Having taken both sides in the passionate battle over abortions, the only question is which stance was contrived?
Norma McCorvey, aka “Jane Roe,” switched her support to the pro-life movement in 1995, drawing national attention in presenting herself as an evangelical Christian.
However, just before she died of heart failure in February 2017 at age 69, McCorvey confessed she was paid to come out against abortions and that her infamous reversal “was all an act.”
“This is my deathbed confession,” she said. “I took their money and they took me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. I did it well too, I’m a good actress — of course, I’m not acting now.”
The shocking revelation is featured in a documentary titled “AKA Jane Roe,” which is set to premiere Friday on FX, The Guardian reported.
Describing herself as “the big fish” in a “mutual” propaganda campaign, McCorvey said her role as an anti-abortion advocate was largely funded by conservative groups such as Operation Rescue.
The documentary reveals McCorvey received at least $450,000 in “benevolent gifts” from the pro-life movement.
In the film, which chronicles a troubled upbringing that includes alleged abuse and neglect, McCorvey said, “A lot of people are shocked that I’ve never had an abortion.”
Though she had a short-lived marriage as a teen, McCorvey was a lesbian and had a decades-long relationship with girlfriend Connie Gonzalez.
“It was 1969, I was pregnant and I was scared. These two attorneys were looking for a plaintiff to help overturn the Texas abortion laws,” she said of how she came to be the infamous “Jane Roe.”
Of course, given her deathbed confession, the question of whether she was paid then to assume that role hangs in the air.
The documentary includes a scene from November 2016, as McCorvey expressed her disappointment that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump.
“I wish I knew how many abortions Donald Trump was responsible for,” she said in the scene. “I’m sure he’s lost count, if he can count that high.”
Speaking of propaganda, democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was quick to capitalize on the new revelation.
“Wow: Norma McCorvey (aka “Roe” of Roe v Wade) revealed on her deathbed that she was paid by right-wing operatives to flip her stance on reproductive rights,” she wrote. “So, like many right-wing operations, it turns out a huge part of the anti-choice movement was a scam the entire time.”
Wow: Norma McCorvey (aka “Roe” of Roe v Wade) revealed on her deathbed that she was paid by right-wing operatives to flip her stance on reproductive rights.
So, like many right-wing operations, it turns out a huge part of the anti-choice movement was a scam the entire time. https://t.co/XBwvPKmSqU
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2020
At the same time, director Nick Sweeney told the Los Angeles Times that is was not his goal to add to the abortion debate, but to explore McCorvey’s life — he described her as an “enigmatic person at the center of this very divisive issue.”
“With an issue like this there can be a temptation for different players to reduce ‘Jane Roe’ to an emblem or a trophy,” he said. “Behind that is a real person with a real story. Norma was incredibly complex.”
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