“Jane Roe” arrested outside Sotomayor hearing

Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. “Jane Roe” of the original Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision legalizing abortion, was arrested yesterday, protesting the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Salon.com recaps Ms. McCorvey’s odd, fascinating journey from a symbol of the movement to legalize abortion to poster child for the Pro-Life movement.  She switched sides in 1995 after much courting by members of Operation Rescue, and is now an outspoken evangelical Christian.

One of many fascinating aspects of McCorvey’s conversion tale – also told in the excellent documentary movie “Lake of Fire” — is the role of class conflict.  As late as 1994, she was cleaning houses for a living.  Lacking means or any college education, she feels that she was treated “like a pawn” by the highly educated lawyers and activists who enlisted her to their cause.  The evangelicals were nice to her, wooed her, made her feel good about herself, like she belonged.

Could the liberals who enlisted McCorvey’s help retained her loyalty if they’d treated her better?

You can read Salon’s coverage here.


  1. Wordsmith
    July 14, 2009

    Who’s to say they actually treated her badly?

    Coming out of an evangelical household and having parents who struggled educationally: my father is baerly literate and only finished junior high while my mother – very bright – managed to get her GED; I can tell you this much. There’s a mindset that seems to envelope those who are ‘uneducated’ vs those who are. I’ve seen in other families like mine. I’ve seen it in my family directed towards me. You think you’re better, you think you’re ‘too good’ for ….

  2. Wordsmith
    July 14, 2009

    Dang it! That’s “barely literate” btw, forgot speelllcheeck. :)


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