Roe V. Wade Litigant Norma McCorvey To Star In Abortion-Themed Film 'Doonby'
Over four decades after first filing suit to guarantee her right to terminate her pregnancy, Norma McCorvey is set to star in a new film as an elderly woman who is firmly anti-abortion.
McCorvey, who under the pseudonym Jane Roe began what would become the historic Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, later converted to Catholicism and became a pro-life activist. She was arrested while protesting pro-choice Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotamayor's Senate hearing in 2009, and now, will take her crusade to the big screen in a new low-budget thriller called "Doonby," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A thriller that will place McCorvey in a subplot in which she works to convince a younger woman not to have an abortion, the film's director, Peter McKenzie, says that he's not advocating for either side, but felt that having McCorvey's authenticity in the film would be a boon to the production (not to mention marketing).
"Our movie has people talking not about whether abortion should be legal or illegal," Mackenzie told The Hollywood Reporter, "but about something that we should all be able to agree on: Every abortion performed means that something is lost."
In 2005, McCorvey filed suit to overturn Roe v. Wade, and appeared on Fox News to discuss her legal motion.
Well, for a long time there, Sean, I did take on the burden and the guilt of the 45 million children that have died through legal abortion," she told Sean Hannity. "But then, you know, we have to back up and look at the women who have died from legalized abortion, also.
"I don't have to deal with it anymore. I've been saved by the Blood of the Lamb through Jesus Christ," she asserted.
With the rise of conservative state governments across the country, a new round of assaults on Roe v. Wade has begun, according to an April report.
"This is a big jump, and it says that anti-abortion legislators want to be very active on this issue and they have some momentum," Elizabeth Nash, a public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, told HuffPost. "They used to chip away at Roe v. Wade, and now they're hacking away at it with a cleaver."
For more on the film, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.