‘Roe’ Endorses Abortion Opponent

By Tara Woodside

May 24, 2007 3:14pm

ABC News’ Julia Bain Reports:  Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback, R-Kan., announced Thursday he has received the endorsement of Norma McCorvey aka "Jane Roe" in the landmark 1973 abortion case Roe v. Wade. 

Since the case, McCorvey has reversed her stance on abortion and, in a statement released by the campaign, the former abortion rights plaintiff cites Brownback’s long record on the controversial issue as the basis for her support.

Brownback, who describes himself as a "pro-life, whole-life" candidate is seeking to cast himself as the one true conservative in the Republican primary. 

In her endorsement, McCorvey questions the motives of the other Republican presidential candidates such as former Governor Mitt Romney, R-Mass., who have only recently embraced anti-abortion rights positions.

"I can appreciate as much as anyone the importance of the pro-life movement accepting converts," McCorvey said in a statement, "However, it should give us great concern when certain politicians join the pro-life movement just prior to announcing a run for president in the Republican primary.  Conversions are critical, but so is sincerity."

Romney, who embraced abortion rights when campaigning for a Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in 1994, insists he has always personally opposed.

Another Brownback rival, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., has said he also personally opposes abortion but, unlike Romney, has also stated his public support for abortion rights.

Abortion is an important issue for the Kansas Senator who has said that the repeal of Roe v. Wade would "be a glorious day of human liberty and freedom."

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