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Columnist for Kankakee Daily Journal, Host of The Ron Jackson Coffee & Conversation Show Saturdays on WKAN 1320AM, or wkan.com, justrondering.blogspot.com. Public speaker(Youth, women in unhealthy relationships) Author of " How to Handle Your Man"

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MAY 17, 2009 11:01PM

The Audacity of Norma "Roe" McCorvey to pray for Obama

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I was but a mere 16-year old, stupid, uninterested in government punk when the Jane Roe v. Henry Wade abortion case made history.

In January 1973, the United States Supreme Court deemed that women had fundamental right under the Constitution of the United States to abort a pregnancy.

Norma McCorvey, a 21 year-old rape victim was Jane Roe and fought for the right for women to abort any unwanted pregnancies. She never had an abortion, opting to give her third child up for adoption.

Fast forward to May 2009. Norma “Jane Roe” McCorvey is now an anti-abortion crusader and founder of her own pro-life Roe No More Ministry. She has flipped the script. Nothing wrong with that. Women have always had the right to change their minds.

However, there she was with the likes of Alan Keyes and Randall Terry on television at the University of Notre Dame protesting a May 17, 2009 commencement speech by pro-choice supporter and U. S. President Barack Obama.

Again, nothing really wrong or unusual with exercising one’s 1st Amendment right to peacefully protest, even if it’s against a private institution. Not until she opened her mouth.

However, I thought I would die when I heard her say she was praying for Obama’s soul because he supported the same right for all women that McCorvey had served as the poster child for 36 years ago. She thought it was wrong for him to speak at a Christian education center although the faculty invited him. If her audacity wasn't the equivalant of Rush Limbaugh praying for Amy Winehouse, I don't know what is.

It took every muscle in my head to not scream, “Bitch you’re the one who lead the fight to legalize abortion, gave up all three of your children, worked in abortion clinics, had drug and alcohol problems, and dabbled in bisexual relationships until your sudden conversion to Christianity. And you’re praying for Obama? When do you pray for yourself?”

But I didn’t. I aborted the thought. Then immediately directed my attention to God and asked him/her what became of McCorvey’s prayers for Obama.

I‘m still waiting for God to answer while hoping he/she continues to protect me from his/her followers.

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Funny stuff. McCorvey intrigues me. What must it be like to be the poster child for abortion when you no longer believe in it? I wonder if the child she was pregnant with knows who s/he is. Now THAT one has a right to be against abortion, I guess!

It's funny how the born-again Christianity angle gets in the way of her credibility for me. Honestly, if she'd come to some sort of philosophical, Darwinian kind of conclusion that abortion really isn't right, after having gone looking for that lost child, that would feel different to me than someone who got religion (brainwashed) and took to the other side of the street because of it.
Yeah, this one is ridiculous. This was an awesome post, and I hope it gets Editor's Pick! I agree that I would take her a lot more seriously if she weren't coming at it from this "I found Jesus" angle.

I feel the same way about her as I do about an uncle, also very religious who does not think same-sex marriage should be legal, and that Reform Judaism should not allow it (which I'm proud to say it does!). This is a guy, though, who is married to his second wife--whom he married after they both spent two years cheating on their respective spouses. It's the same kind of obliviousness here. Rated.
Lainey... anytime anyone has to tell me they area Christian., I have doubts. I never have a problem believing a clown is a clown when I SEE one.

Jessabelle... I know lots of uncles like yours. They are reproducing. What about born-agains "who only last a few months before they "abort" Christianity and return to their old ways?
what an interesting person you are rijaxn - you have no problem calling this woman a "bitch" only then to be so politically correct later on with "God and asked HIM/HER.... God to answer while hoping HE/SHE continues to protect me from HIS/HER followers..." etc..

You make me laugh - great irony in this piece and you highlight the hypocrisy of the fundamentalist stance brilliantly. I would be even a bigger fan if you dropped the name calling, though.
Y Heron..It took every muscle in my head to not scream, “Bitch...
I didn’t. I aborted the thought.

I don't dare risk losing your valued "fanship."
my mistake! those were just your private thoughts, you weren't publically calling her a bitch - that's different. Thanks for gently reiterating your point.

Well in THAT case - I totally and unequivocally agree :)
Thinking out loud always brings me trouble.
Love the last line and loved the radio show. Like you, I can completely understand those who have a crusade. What I can't stand anymore is the hypocracies and contradictions that seem so unapologetically obvious. Even more than that, the blind followers who don't notice such obvious hypocricies.

Why do so many Christians busy themselves with praying for the souls of everyone else. She sees abortion as murder, fine. I'll give her that; afterall, it's one of the ten commandments. Oh yeah...so is judging others. The other part I believe she has forgotten in her Christian crusade is the one that reminds her to take the log out of her own eye rather than looking at the speck in the other.

Where's her moral praise for Obama speaking out against torture and pre-emptive war? Did she protest Bush and his continued justifications for the innocent casualties of the Iraq war...oh, I'm sorry, I believe the correct term is "collateral damage".

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith…Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
Noahvose...I like the way you teach. Any room in your flock for just one more?
Excellent post as always.