McCorvey revealed that "upon knowing God, I realized that my case which legalized abortion on demand was the biggest mistake of my life," adding that "abortion scars an untold number of post-abortive mothers, fathers, and families too."
Yet baptized a Christian, McCorvey felt called to enter the Catholic Church. As she related in an article for the group Priests for Life, she had attended Catholic masses as a child with her mother who was Roman Catholic.
"I liked it so much and was often moved to tears. I felt the presence of God," she wrote. "There was something very moving about the Catholic ritual and symbolism – the procession with the priest and altar boys, the incense, cross, and candles, the statues and the music. I knew God was everywhere, but in Catholic Churches I always felt especially close to Him."
Tom Peterson, president and founder of VirtueMedia, recalled meeting Norma as he interviewed her on her conversion to Catholicism and her decision to become pro-life.
"Here is a woman who deeply regrets her decision, who had the courage and the faith to put her face on national television on this message," he said, a message "to help heal those wounds, to help unknot a very complicated situation that she was a party to."
Yet "she carried a great price for that," he added.
"She said it was so heavy on her heart that 50 million babies had died because of her participation in this case. And she talked about the number of wounded women out there who took part in abortion because of her involvement."
"She suffers great anxiety, and she suffered great physical and mental spiritual battles for many years," he recalled.
VirtueMedia has launched JaneRoe.com, featuring McCorvey's testimony and those of mothers who have had abortions and regret them.
When McCorvey decided to enter the Church, she received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. After the mass, she recalled what she felt during the Liturgy of the Eucharist:
"I had been taught what this meant. Jesus was not dying again. Rather, He was drawing us all into His sacrifice, making it present to us, allowing us to join our lives, our sufferings, to His. This was and is the sacrifice that saves the world, that conquers the power of death and destroys the power of abortion. There and then I could place in the chalice all the tears I had ever shed over the aborted babies, all the shame I ever felt from having worked in an abortion clinic and having been a poster-girl for the pro-death movement. There and then, just as the bread and wine were being transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ, the former Jane Roe could once again rejoice in her own transformation into a new creature in Christ."
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Catholics and pro-life leaders offered prayers for her, her family, and all the victims of abortion.
"Now with Norma's passing, we certainly pray for the repose of her soul. We certainly pray for her and the aborted babies and the mothers who have passed away, and are now in heaven or purgatory to pray for our country during this pivotal time," Peterson said.
Matt Hadro was the political editor at Catholic News Agency through October 2021. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.