In standing up for unborn children, she stood up also for herself.
By Nicholas Frankovich
National Review Online
Flipping channels in a hotel room in Chicago in June 1995, I stopped at The Late Late Show, where Tom Snyder was interviewing Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. She spent much of her time reciting sarcastic clichés about pro-lifers, bantering with Snyder and laughing at my expense — and, of course, at that of everyone who shared my conviction, to say nothing of the unborn children whose welfare we were always being told was none of our business.
Flip Benham, an Evangelical minister, had succeeded Randall Terry as director of the pro-life organization Operation Rescue the previous year and moved its national headquarters to a Dallas office complex that included the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked as a marketing director. Later, in her book Won by Love (1998), she described some of her early interactions with Benham. They were tense.
“Are you still killing babies, Miss Norma?” he asked her in the parking lot.
“The Rescue people proved more resilient than cockroaches,” she wrote. “We simply could not scare them off.”
By the time I caught her interview with Snyder, her attitude toward Benham had obviously softened.