‘Jane Roe’ To Nancy Pelosi: 'Don’t Put Abortion in Health-Care Reform Bill’

July 28, 2009 - 10:00 PM
Norma McCorvey, the 'Jane Roe' in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, gathered with 30 other pro-lifers at the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday.

Norma McCorvey, right, the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Roe v. Wade, gestures as she speaks up as she joins other pro-life demonstrators inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States, protested the health-care reform bill on Capitol Hill Tuesday because it proposes federal funding for abortions.
 
“No abortion is to be paid for with tax-funded dollars,” McCorvey, now a pro-life activist, told CNSNews.com after the protest. “It’s against the laws of God. Roe versus Wade is a bad law and I’m sorry that I ever did it.”
 
McCorvey, joined dozens of other protestors in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to speak out against the legislation, which currently involves using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
 
Pelosi was not in her office at the designated time of the protest, but her staff was prepared to meet the protestors when they arrived.
 
Also among the protestors was Olga Fairfax of National Right to Life and Human Life International. Fairfax said she sees the pro-life movement as her war against the modern-day Holocaust.

“I’ve been in this war 35 years,” Fairfax told CNSNews.com.

“The Jews lost probably 5 or 6 million (in the Holocaust during World War II)--horrid--even one Jew is too many killed,” she said. “But I can’t reverse history. I can’t go back 60 years, but today I can stop some abortions.”

Other protestors included pro-life activists Missy Smith, president and founder of Women Against the Killing and Exploitation of Unprotected Persons (WAKE UP) and Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. 

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The protestors presented Pelosi’s staff with a DVD titled “Requiem for the Disappeared,” which has also been available on You Tube for the last month.
 
The protest was in reaction to an amendment voted into the Senate health-care reform bill on July 10 that would effectively mandate that every insurance company, including the proposed government-run public health insurance option, help woman pay for abortions.
 
“The current health care reform proposal is Obama’s command that taxpayers foot the bill for child-killing,” former Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry said in a press release before the protest. “If they think we will willingly surrender our money to pay for murder, they are insane.”
 
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced the amendment to the bill, which would circumvent the Hyde Amendment of 1977 that prohibited federal funding for abortions. Mikulski’s amendment was voted into the bill by a 12-11 vote, and an amendment by Sen. Orrin Hatch to prohibit funding of abortion through federally funded health-insurance plans was defeated.

McCorvey, whose case in the Supreme Court legalized abortions in all 50 states, changed her mind about abortion in the 1990s and has since been active in the pro-life movement.
 
“Roe versus Wade is a bad law and I’m sorry that I ever did it,” McCorvey told CNSNews.com. “But I’ve been healed and I’m a Catholic now, and I know my place in the pro-life movement.”