Fr. Pavone on Norma McCorvey’s pro-life conversion:“Her desire to protect children in the womb was no act”

TITUSVILLE, FL — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, today released statements regarding claims in a new documentary that Norma McCorvey – Jane Roe in the Roe v. Wade decision – was insincere in her conversion to pro-life.

“One would think that any normal or honest person who wants to understand the journey of Norma McCorvey would talk with those who journeyed with her,” Father Pavone said.” I knew her and was one of her key spiritual guides for 22 years, starting in 1995 with her baptism, right through the conversation we had on the day she died. I was privileged to lead and preach at her funeral. I knew her struggles and her pain. She didn’t just have positions; she had deep wounds because of her involvement with Roe vs. Wade, and I guided her through the healing of those wounds, in the quiet hours of struggle that nobody saw or heard about. Those are things you don’t fake.

“Yes, she not only rejected abortion, but she became a new creation in Christ. I received her into the Catholic Church and rejoiced together with her as she discovered day by day the joy of prayer, and in her final years made rosaries by hand to help others experience that same joy. Her desire to protect children in the womb was no act.

“There have always been people who have tried to reshape her story, or get her to reshape it. She resented that and would resent it today. Norma was not somebody you could come to know in a snapshot, in an interview, or even in years of interviews. I’ll have a lot more to say about this once I see the documentary.”

Mrs. Morana said she and Norma were friends – shopping together, staying in each other’s homes, traveling to conferences together and talking on the phone regularly for two decades.

“Her daughter Melissa called Father Pavone and me on the day she was dying, and both of us spoke to Norma. She made me promise that we would continue to fight the unjust decision made in her name. Whatever she may have said to this filmmaker, and for whatever reason, can in no way to rewrite what we lived through together for decades.”

Father Pavone and Janet did a live broadcast today in the light of the announcements of this documentary. You can view it here and on various social media platforms. For more information, see

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  1. When I was told of her regret over involvement with the Roe v Wade case, I too considered it an honest sentiment and burden. Knowing about her personality, her comments in the documentary may reflect the ongoing pain she felt and a desire to deflect that trauma. I attended a wake service after her death to honor her and her commitment to the unborn. May she enjoy peace and freedom from her emotional turmoil in the arms of God!

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  2. I do not doubt Ms. McCorvey’s sincere regret over her participation in Roe v Wade. Her life’s traumas were real and perhaps that influenced her remarks in the documentary or perhaps it was edited to reflect it. In any case, she was a valiant warrior for the legal protection of the unborn. May she enjoy the freedom and peace she sought in this life but found difficult to obtain, in the arms of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

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