Veteran Pro-Life Activists Say Norma McCorvey Conversion Was “100% Genuine”

Joe and Ann Scheidler knew Norma McCorvey well, say she was tortured by her role in abortion. 

Contact: Eric Scheidler, (773) 251-8792, ejs@prolifeaction.org

CHICAGO, May 20, 2020 — The founders of the Pro-Life Action League are speaking out in response to a claim in the Los Angeles Times that Norma McCorvey faked her famous 1995 conversion to the pro-life cause. Joe and Ann Scheidler both knew McCorvey well and spoke with her often about her profound regret over her role as “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion throughout the United States.

In a May 19 article, the Los Angeles Times reports that in a new documentary debuting this week on FX, AKA Jane Roe, McCorvey offers a “deathbed confession” that her pro-life conversion was “all an act.” Ann and Joe Scheidler aren’t buying it.

“I met Norma McCorvey when she was still promoting abortion,” said Joe Scheidler, recalling a 1989 meeting of abortion advocates he attended. “And I met her again shortly after her conversion. She testified at our fifth ‘Meet the Abortion Providers’ conference in 1996 and was a witness on my behalf in the NOW v. Scheidler trial in 1998. We had many conversations over the years and I am convinced that her conversion and pro-life commitment was one hundred percent genuine.”

“I got to know Miss Norma, as she liked to be called, after she became a Catholic,” said Ann Scheidler. “She was proud to call herself Catholic and worked so hard to get Roe v. Wade overturned. She wanted to undo the damage done by the Supreme Court decision that bore her pseudonym.”

Earlier today, the Scheidlers shared their memories of Norma McCorvey in a Zoom video conversation with their son Eric, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. They plan to share further comments after AKA Jane Roe airs on FX this Friday.

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