Now a Catholic, Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case that legalised abortion, is to appear in a TV commercial in which she laments her role in the case.Cathlic News Agency reports in the new commercial McCorvey says, "back in 1973 I was a very confused twenty one year old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy. At the time I fought to obtain a legal abortion, but truth be told, I have three daughters and never had an abortion."
"Upon knowing God," she continues, "I realise that my case, which legalised abortion on demand, was the biggest mistake of my life.
"You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death."
The commercial is produced by Virtue Media, which describes itself as an organisation "dedicated to producing and airing powerful and life saving television, radio commercials and educational films."
Susan Gerdvil, Communications Director at Virtue Media, told CNA the organisation is working with different pro-life groups to air the commercial but a broadcast is not yet scheduled.
Norma McCorvey's commercial is viewable at Virtue Media's website.
Virginia catholic agency under fire over abortion assistance
Meanwhile, Catholic Online reports US authorities are investigating the actions of Commonwealth Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia for allegedly assisting a 16 year old Guatemalan girl to receive an abortion in January.
Officials have called the matter to the attention of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) headquarters in Washington, urging it to prevent any repetition of the incident.
Four employees of Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Richmond, (CCR) have been fired and one supervisor with the bishops' Migration and Refugee Services agency has been suspended, according to federal sources and a secret April 29 letter written by three bishops to 350 bishops nationwide.
The two page missive from Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Salt Lake City Bishop John C. Wester and Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise, Idaho, was prompted by a federal investigation requested on April 23.
The bishops' letter, first publicised Friday by the Wanderer, a national Catholic weekly newspaper, detailed a series of botched management decisions that preceded the January 18 abortion.
The unnamed girl, who already had one child, had been fitted with a contraceptive device provided by CCR two months earlier, the letter said. CCR members signed the consent form necessary for a minor to have an abortion and had someone drive her to and from the abortion clinic.
It is illegal in Virginia for a social worker to sign a parental consent form for an abortion. The state's notification law stipulates that at least one parent, grandparent or adult sibling must give consent.
The girl, whose parents are missing, was a ward of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
HHS provides $7.6 million a year in contracts with the USCCB for foster care of immigrant children. The bishops group subcontracts services through agencies like Commonwealth Catholic Charities.
"These federal funds are awarded with the clear purpose of caring for unaccompanied minors here from other countries," said HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe. "To that end, we were surprised and disappointed to learn of a chapter of Catholic Charities using this funding to facilitate a minor procuring an abortion."
He said the case has been referred to HHS Inspector General Timothy Menke because it might violate Virginia law and contradicts federal policy.
"We have also requested several corrective actions be taken by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ... in order to prevent this type of abuse from happening again," Mr. Wolfe said. "Our agency is one that supports human life, and we take that responsibility seriously."
Roe v. Wade's "Jane Roe" to appear in pro-life commercial (Catholic News Agency, 19/6/08)
SPECIAL REPORT: Virginia Law Eyed in Girl's Abortion (Catholic Online, 19/6/08)
Virginia law eyed in girl's abortion (Washington Post, 18/6/08)
Norma (Virtue Media)
Time for surrogacy action (Catholic Leader, 22/6/08)