Ex-Abortion Advocates Now Part of Pro-Life Cause
July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM
Washington (CNSNews.com) - More than 30 pro-life groups, including former pro-abortion advocates, launched a television ad campaign Monday urging President Bush to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, if he gets the chance. There are no current vacancies on the high court.
The "Shake The Nation Back To Life" campaign includes supporters such as Norma McCorvey, who gained fame in 1973 as "Roe" in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Sandra Cano was represented as "Doe" in the Doe v. Bolton decision, which legalized late-term abortions. She too is now pro-life, as is Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL).
"Most Americans have no idea that three of the abortion industry's superstars are now solidly pro-life," Janet Folger, national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, said. "But they'll see the truth for themselves now."
"We have joined together in this historic union to say, we want to see children protected again in our lifetime. The way that we are doing that is by sending a message of encouragement to the president," Folger said.
Despite being the key players in the two landmark cases legalizing abortion, neither McCorvey nor Cano actually ever had an abortion.
"Abortion is wrong. It is murder on unborn children and I never had an abortion or believed in abortion," Cano said.
Cano says she her parents and attorney deceived her into becoming a symbol for the pro-abortion cause. "I feel like my attorney lied to me and she lied about me. She lied to the Supreme Court; she used my name to bring fraud against this nation to be part of a case to kill babies that were against my beliefs," Cano said.
Cano eventually left her home state of Georgia for Oklahoma while the case was still being contested in court.
Allan E. Parker, Jr., CEO of the Texas Justice Foundation, represents Cano and McCorvey. "I'm honored to be able to represent Norma McCorvey, who was "Roe" of Roe v. Wade, and Sandra Cano, who was "Doe" in Doe v. Bolton," he said.
"Norma, actually, never had an abortion herself, but she worked in abortion clinics," Parker said. "She put together baby parts after the abortion procedure was performed. She cleaned up the procedure room. She looked in the freezer where baby parts were stored before they were disposed of," Parker said.
"She was pro-abortion for many years. That was one of the reasons she worked in the clinics. But, as she worked in the clinics and saw those things happening and she saw women's pain and suffering, it began to weigh heavily on her mind," Parker said.
To counter the Shake the Nation Back to Life campaign, NARAL President Kate Michelman and Georgia NARAL Executive Director Beth Cope launched their own ad campaign Monday in the Atlanta media market.
The ads are part of NARAL's Choice for America project, a "multi-year, multi-market, multi-million dollar advertising and grassroots campaign designed to communicate pro-choice values and principles to the American public," NARAL said in a press release.