Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, stunning the world-but a deathbed documentary reveals that she only switched sides for money, The Chicago Tribune reported.
AKA Jane Roe marks FX Networks' first documentary feature.
The programme was filmed in the last months of McCorvey's life before her death at age 69 in 2017 in Texas.
"I was the big fish", she said. "I took their money and they took me out in front of their cameras and told me what to say". Abortions were illegal, and McCorvey did not want to continue with the pregnancy so decided challenge the law in her home state of Texas. I did it well too. (Does he really mean it?) That McCorvey, seemingly incapable of hiding what she's thinking, managed to pull off this act and is now willing to reverse herself, for what good that might do after she's gone, is heartbreaking. In a telephone interview, he said McCorvey made her living giving speeches and writing books on both sides of the abortion debate and was coached by both sides. "That's why they call it choice", she said.
AKA Jane Roe premieres May 23 on FX in the U.S. It is now undated in Australia.
Prepare for more fireworks.
"I like attention", she acknowledged in the new documentary. "I'm sure he's lost count", she says.
Prager, her biographer, says McCorvey told him she thought Trump would ultimately get his way and Roe would be overturned.
"She needed help, she asked for help in various ways, she accepted it, but if the person helping gave the impression that they were trying to control her, or if she felt that the person helping her was smothering her, she would push back", Father Pavone said, adding that the two had hard moments at various points of their affiliation, but, he said "you could always work things out and resolve it".
Father Pavone said he met McCorvey when she was baptized, and the two struck up a friendship. It's just Mother Nature at work.
Rev. Robert Schenck - an evangelical pastors who worked with McCorvey after her conversion to Christianity in the mid-1990s - acknowledged in the documentary that she had been paid for her appearances on the movement's behalf.
Per the Times, Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who was formerly closely linked to the anti-choice cause, says in the film that what the movement "did with Norma was highly unethical". As Benham recalls with evident pride in "AKA Jane Roe", McCorvey also took part in demonstrations where he burned the LGBT flag and the Quran.
Troy Newman, the president of the new Operation Rescue, denied that McCorvey was on the group's payroll but said she would sometimes receive honorariums of $500-$1,000 for speaking engagements.
Now, previously unseen footage in a new documentary - which airs in the United States on Friday - reveals that McCorvey's decision to become a pro-lifer was not entirely her own.
"Whenever we were together, Norma was determined to film all the time and whenever I was not there, she would want to know when I was coming back to film", he continued. "The jig is up".