Abortion Lies and GQ

Norma McCorvey (right), the “Roe” in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with Sandra Cano, the “Doe” in the Doe v. Bolton case, on Capitol Hill in 2005. (Shaun Heasley/Reuters)
A column on Norma McCorvey can’t tell truth from falsehood.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE G Q columnist Laura Bassett uses the news about Norma McCorvey — that the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade apparently renounced her renunciation of abortion at the end of her life — to say that the pro-life movement is based on lies. Any gigantic and decades-long social and political movement will of course feature some lies and some honest falsehoods. That’s true of both the pro-choice and the pro-life movements.

A central argument for abortion liberalization before and since Roe has been that 5,000 to 10,000 women were dying annually from illegal abortions. Bernard Nathanson, a founder of NARAL who later

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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