by Steven Ertelt
May 24, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — At a campaign stop in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback announced that he has received the endorsement of Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
In 1970, Norma McCorvey, then an impoverished pregnant woman, was bullied a team of ambitious pro-abortion lawyers a case to challenge the state law prohibiting abortion in Texas.
This case, Roe v Wade, was eventually appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to one of what Brownback calls the "most tragic judicial decisions in American history."
After working for years as a receptionist at a Dallas abortion center, McCorvey experienced a religious conversion and became pro-life. Since then, she’s founded the pro-life ministry, Roe No More and filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Roe decision.
"Our nation needs a President of strength, courage, and moral fortitude — one who will lead our society on a path that respects human life and human dignity," McCorvey said in a statement to LifeNews.com.
"Senator Sam Brownback’s love for all Americans at every stage of development is unquestioned, and his leadership of the pro-life movement if unrivaled," she added. "Sam Brownback is the right person, in the right place, at the right time for our nation as we seek to embrace a culture of life."
The Kansas senator said he appreciated McCorvey’s backing and "I stand with her in her quest to overturn Roe v Wade."
"Norma McCorvey knows firsthand the darkness of the abortion industry — its danger to both unborn children and their mothers. Her experience as the poster child for the abortion movement exponentially increases the power of her pro-life testimony," he told LifeNews.com.
McCorvey also added that she’s greatly concerned by some of the candidates in the Republican presidential primary who arrived at a pro-life position only recently.
"As the lead plaintiff in one of the most tragic Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history resulting in abortion-on-demand, I can appreciate as much as anyone the importance of the pro-life movement accepting converts," she said.
"However, it should give us great concern when certain politicians join the pro-life movement just prior to announcing a run for president in the Republican primary," she added.
"Conversions are critical, but so is sincerity. Sam Brownback is a candidate that we can trust to fight for life, because he’s already done so for many, many years," McCorvey told LifeNews.com.
In signaling his appreciation for her support, Brownback concluded, "I am encouraged by Norma’s story of hope, I am emboldened by her great courage, and I am deeply blessed that she would stand with me in my bid to become President of the United States."