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by Matthew Waters
Aspen Baker, president of Exhale a "pro-voice" group, would probably tell Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, that the new film based on her life is awfully judgmental. After Baker's self-admitted abortion, she said she, "wanted a chance to talk through her thoughts and feelings about it, and get support. The only post-abortion agencies I found were Christian-religion based and they had a very one-size-fits-all approach. Specifically, their counseling demanded that I acknowledge the abortion as a mistake, seek forgiveness from God and participate in activities to end abortion.
Aspen is right. McCorvey and thousands of other women affected by abortion might reply, "No, Aspen, the "choice" you made was either right or wrong - and to 'talk about it, work through your feelings and find support' is to admit something very significant happened the day of your abortion. Until you find the closure that only Christ can give, you will never stop talking about it."
"I was wrong." is Norma's story, and it is as close to closure as one can get on this side of heaven. McCorvey, now showing her age, shares a deeply disturbing story. If you close your eyes and listen to her, she sounds like a desperate young woman. And the story she shares depicts the time in her life when she was. Unfortunately for her, her youthful decision did not just affect those around her. Her fateful decision to tell a lie condemned the lives of millions who followed her lead - and an older McCorvey is painfully aware of the consequences of her action.
McCorvey says, "I told them (Faye Wattleton, the attorney representing Planned Parenthood) I was raped. I lied about a rape so I could get an abortion. I was pregnant a third time, my second time out of wedlock. I never had an abortion."
The mini-biographical sketch follows McCorvey's journey to the Supreme Court and her life that followed. Sadly, after the court decision, her life sank further into the pit. "I drank a lot. I cut my wrists. I ran out into oncoming traffic. I was not a happy person."
Eventually McCorvey publicly revealed her identity as Roe, and became a full-fledged advocate for abortion. She was immediately hailed a hero. But the drinking continued, as did the suicidal behavior.
"I was wrong." takes a turn when Pastor Flip Benham, head of Operation Rescue. enters the scene. He and his band of pro-lifers set up shop next to the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked. As McCorvey was going into the clinic one day, Benham shouted out to McCorvey, "You know you are responsible for the deaths of 35 million unborn babies!" The film then cuts back to McCorvey, who distinctly remembers the moment with a faith smile, her first in the film.
Benham recalls, "The next day Miss Norma was walking into the clinic and I asked her, "Miss Norma, what are you going to do today? She said, 'I don't know.' But this was the first time she ever said anything to me. I asked her to sit down on a bench that used to be right here for a moment. I said, "Miss Norma, yesterday I told you that you were responsible for the deaths of 35 million babies. Will you forgive me for saying that? I should not have said that."
The film is most powerful as it captures McCorvey's transition from symbol of abortion rights activist to Christian, and eventually pro-life advocate, and it manages to accomplish this in 30 short minutes. This is a credit to the tight editing done by the Dutch film company, EO International.
According to Joyce Zounis, who also makes an appearance in the film, the Dutch company paid for and produced all of the footage and editing, and added the excellent soundtrack. In the end you have an unequivocally pro-life, Christian, historical film that traverses multiple themes - from repentance to redemption.
Additionally, the film lends a great deal of perspective to those who may be newcomers to the pro-life movement. For those who have been in the movement for years, the grainy black and white footage of the 1973 ABC news segment, and the photos displaying a variety of clothing fashions from the 60s to the 80s remind viewers that the modern right-to-life issue is almost half a century old.
Also, it is a credit to the film that it is family friendly; no grotesque images of aborted babies appear. But it does have Ms. McCorvey's memory detailing her experience as an abortion clinic worker, and those details are grisly.
Reprinted by permission. Care Net Report November/December 2007
Vision Video Movie Review
by Shelia King
It is difficult for most of us to admit that we are wrong in the minute day-to-day failings in our lives. But can you imagine coming to a point in your life where you realize the very public platform that you've stood on for most of your life is egregiously flawed? That is where Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, has found herself for the past ten years.
As the central figure in the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case, Norma advocated a woman's right to choose. We all know the repercussions of that movement.more than 4,000 babies are killed each day in abortion clinics around the country. After becoming a Christian, Norma realized she was a pawn in a movement that was looking for a helpless, young pregnant girl to center their case around.
In "I was wrong.", Norma McCorvey shares how she came to renounce the pro-choice movement and take up the banner of those she once hated. She openly reveals her experiences while working behind the scenes in the pro-choice movement.
"I was wrong." is candid but not explicit and is an excellent resource for anyone working with young women, crisis pregnancy centers or to share with someone who may be considering an abortion.
Concepts of Truth Pregnancy Resource Center
Millie Lace, Executive Director
Norma and Joyce do an excellent, anointed presentation of the truth. I had to repent for not praying more for Norma. I went out on my porch and prayed for her to have more peace and praised God for her courage to tell the truth and most of all for her testimony of giving her heart to Jesus
The documentary includes a drama of a room where an abortion is taking place. . .very quickly though. As a woman who remembers that kind of room. . .it was tough, but facing it again brought even more freedom in my spirit and praise to God for the truth being told!
John 8:32 . . .Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!!
Please order the video and share it with your church, family and friends. Everyone will be more informed and hopefully more healed from the sin and pain of abortion.
American Family Radio Show Today's Issues
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder of AFA & Co-Host
Marvin Sanders, General Manager & Co-Host
..."the most powerful video we have ever seen."