.- Norma McCorvey, the woman who was the âJane Roeâ in the U.S. legal decision âRoe v. Wade,â has said Notre Dame's choice of President Barack Obama to be the commencement speaker gives its graduates a poor example. She also expressed surprise more parents have not pulled out of commencement.
Speaking to Damien Thompson, the Britain-based editor of the Catholic Herald and writer for the Daily Telegraph, McCorvey said âObama is not the ideal person to speak to a young bunch of kids that are going out into the world for the first time.â
âThese people will have to remember that it was him who spoke at their graduation for the rest of their natural lives. We have many in the pro-life movement that are better qualified to do this,â she continued.
"I am really surprised more parents haven't pulled their kids out. I have heard that many of them will not show up this reason."
In the 1980s, McCorvey revealed herself as the âJane Roeâ of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that imposed permissive abortion laws across the United States. She converted to Christianity in the 1990s and became a Catholic in 1998.
According to Thompson, she now campaign for civil rights âfor everybody, including the unborn.â
In other commencement-related news, ND Response, a coalition of Notre Dame student groups opposed to Obama being the commencement speaker, has announced it will hold a âprayerful and constructive demonstrationâ on the South Quad of the University of Notre Dame between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the commencement.
The students invited others to join them to ârespectfully give witness to Notre Dameâs Catholic identity and pro-life principles.â