Those who knew Norma McCorvey – the 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade – are taking exception to an FX special on her life.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life served as Norma McCorvey's spiritual counselor for 22 years and frequently talked to her. He objects to the Nick Sweeney documentary on FX, which claims that her conversion and pro-life work were all an act and that she was paid by the Right for her activism.
"I can tell you this, if anyone is going to try to claim through this documentary that her conversion to pro-life was not sincere, they are wrong. They don't know what they're talking about," Pavone tells OneNewsNow. "If anyone is going to try to claim that she was putting on an act or that this wasn't real, that's a figment of their imagination."
The documentary exposes McCorvey as a lesbian, but the facts are different: she bore three children, she never had an abortion – and while she did live the lesbian lifestyle for a time, like others who live in sin, she made a dramatic change.
"Yes, she did repent of wrongdoing," adds Pavone. "She understood the Word of God, and she lived it as best she could."
Pro-life spokeswoman Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, posted on her Facebook page yesterday a summary of a recent conversation she had with McCorvey:
"Her many years as a dedicated prolife advocate was not a lie. Her tearful conversation (which I will keep private) with me days before her death was not a lie. The hours she spent praying in front of abortion facilities was not a lie. Her life with Christ was not a lie."
And as for Pavone's comments, Johnson adds:
"Of all of the people who claimed to be friends with Norma McCorvey, the one I saw who loved her completely was Fr. Frank Pavone. Listen to his opinion of this nonsense. Listen to his perspective …. There is a reason that HE was not asked to be in this recent documentary. If he would have been involved, the entire thing would have crumbled. He knew the real Norma. And he knew the sincerity of her conversion."
Related commentary by Dr. Michael L. Brown
The real truth about Norma McCorvey, the 'Roe' of Roe v. Wade
Editor's note: Image of Norma McCorvey taken from FX trailer for the Nick Sweeney documentary.