Norma McCorvey, of Roe v. Wade Abortion Case, Arrested at Sotomayor Hearing
by Steven Ertelt
July 14, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the Roe v. Wade case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy, was arrested on Monday at the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. McCorvey was one of a handful of pro-life advocates who interrupted the hearings.
Several pro-life people shouted out remarks at various points during the hearing, asking lawmakers and Sotomayor herself to remember abortion and the destruction of unborn children.
Capitol Police arrested each of the protesters quickly after they began shouting out the comments.
McCorvey made her way into the Senate hearing room along with other members of the public who were rotated in and out of the last two rows to allow as many people as possible a chance to spend a few minutes in the hearing room.
McCorvey, 61, has been pro-life for many years and was removed from the Hart Senate Office Building hearing room after shouting, "You’re wrong, Sotomayor. You’re wrong about abortion."
As he did at other points of the hearing when pro-life advocates reminded officials about their duty to protect human life, pro-abortion, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Pat Leahy asked for decorum.
"Officers, please remove whoever is causing the disturbance," Leahy said. "Again, as Senator Sessions and I have said, this is a meeting of the United States Senate. We’ll show respect to everybody who is here, we will show respect to everybody, including to Judge Sotomayor, to the Senators on both sides of the aisle, and we will have order in this room."
She and the other pro-life advocates who interrupted the hearing process were charged with unlawful conduct for disrupting congressional proceedings and later were released from custody.
Capitol Police also arrested Robert M. James, 48, from Virginia; Andrew R. Beacham, 27, from Indiana; and Francis Mahoney, 68, from Florida.
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