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Norma McCorvey, famous plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, apparently made a bombshell "deathbed confession" during a 2016 film featuring her produced by cinematographer Nick Sweeney. The film came out on Hulu and FX back in May and many media outlets have jumped at the chance to point to this as proof positive that the whole pro-life movement was based on a sham. In the film, Norma is seen declaring that she was acting when she came out against abortion and that the pro-life movement had used her.
MSNBC (among many others) interviewed Sweeney just recently, along with "evangelical" minister Rev. Rob Schenck, who had a friendship with Norma while he worked with Operation Rescue. I had never heard of Nick Sweeney, but found out that he is known for other films such as: Secrets of the Living Dolls (2014), Born in the Wrong Body (2015), Transgender Kids Camp (2016) and The Sex Robots are Coming (2017).
When the anchor asked Sweeney why release the film now, when it was filmed in 2016, his answer was it took that long to produce. Whether or not that is true, the timing of the release (during a pivotal election year, along with a challenge to the current abortion law active in the Supreme Court) certainly seems suspect.
And Rev. Rob Schenck, who is he? "Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives 'With Regret', as NPR titled Terry Gross' July 2018 interview with him. He has made several appearances on television and has been interviewed numerous times as the apparent prodigal son of the Pro-Choice movement. He has written an autobiography titled Costly Grace, an Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love, which NPR described as how he changed to become more inclusive of the people he once demonized. Schenck describes his change in outlook as one of several "conversions" he has experienced as an evangelical Christian. His focus now is on how his "anti-abortion rhetoric" may have contributed to the murder of abortion providers, and how he made it difficult for women to seek abortion.
Care Net National took this bull by the horns in a podcast featuring Roland Warren, Care Net's President and CEO and Vince DiCaro, Chief Outreach Officer. Their reaction to this "bombshell" news was basically this: The whole pro-life movement existed before Norma McCorvey was even part of the picture. This argument of when life begins has been going on for many years. Those who call us "anti-abortion" can't call us "pro-life" because that makes them "anti-life" by implication. So they have settled on calling us "anti-abortion" and themselves "pro-choice". Another point Warren and DiCaro made well, was that there is great irony in the fact that if our movement is no longer valid because Norma lied about being pro-life, then it follows that the anti-life movement is invalid as it's based on the lie that Norma had an abortion, which she never did!
Being pro-life will always be a stand to take for the Lord. We pray that Norma McCorvey knew the Lord and is now at peace with Him. We know that life begins at conception because He says so:
For You formed my inward parts:
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.