Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, revealed in a newly-released interview that she protested against abortion rights later in life because she was paid by anti-abortion organizations.
In “AKA Jane Roe,” a documentary filmed in the months before her death in 2017 that is set to premiere on FX Friday, McCorvey says that she was paid by anti-abortion groups, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I was the big fish. I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they’d put me out in front of the cameras and tell me what to say. That’s what I’d say,” McCorvey said in what she calls a "deathbed confession." “It was all an act. I did it well, too. I am a good actress.”
McCorvey also reaffirmed her support for abortion rights in the documentary, stating, “If a young woman wants to have an abortion, that’s no skin off my ass. That’s why they call it choice,” the Times reported.
In 1995, McCorvey was working at an abortion clinic in Dallas that was protested by Operation Rescue, which is now known as Operation Save America. She became friends with Flip Benham, an evangelical minister, who would later baptize her. For the two decades following, she would take part in anti-abortion protests and be featured in documentaries. She also published a memoir titled “Won by Love” explaining her anti-abortion stance.
The film notes that the Texas woman never had an abortion, according to the LA Times. However, McCorvey signed an affidavit in 1970 challenging abortion laws that banned the procedure except in cases of saving the pregnant person’s life, ultimately leading to the case that would make abortion legal in the U.S.
“I know how I felt when I found out that I was pregnant and I wasn’t going to let another woman feel that way — cheap, dirty and no good,” McCorvey says in the film. “Women make mistakes, and they make mistakes with men, and things happen. It’s just Mother Nature at work. You can’t stop it. You can’t explain it. It’s just something that happens.”
The documentary also features scenes of McCorvey on election night 2016. She said she supported Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE over now-President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE.
“I wish I knew how many abortions Donald Trump was responsible for,” McCorvey said, according to the LA Times. “I’m sure he’s lost count, if he can count that high.”