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Sept. 04, 1996

A Child’s Love Opens Jane Roe’s Heart

baby prayingThis article excerpted from Focus on the Family Citizen.

The first time 7-year-old Emily Bausch met Norma McCorvey, she had no idea she had come face to face with an icon of the pro-abortion movement—”Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. To Emily, “Miss Norma” was just another person who needed Jesus.

“I wanted Miss Norma to become a Christian so she wouldn’t go to hell,” Emily told Citizen.

Emily’s mother, Ronda Mackey, is the office manager for Operation Rescue’s (OR) national headquarters in Dallas. Mackey takes daughters Emily and Chelsey, 4, to the office with her.

Mackey herself had considered aborting Emily when she learned that she was pregnant; she was not married at the time.

Emily met McCorvey when OR moved its headquarters in March 1995 to the same office building that housed the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked.

“We prayed daily for Miss Norma,” Mackey said. “Even when I doubted she would become a Christian, the girls continued.”

Many days, Emily would run down the sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic to greet McCorvey with a hug. She accompanied McCorvey in the reception area of the abortion clinic.

One day as Emily sat in McCorvey’s office, Norma told a rude caller, “I’ll see you in hell.”

Emily piped up, “If you repent and ask for forgiveness, you don’t have to go there, Miss Norma.”

“Emily speaks the truth in such a pure, simple way,” says Mark Gabriel, a sidewalk counselor with OR.

Emily’s encounters with McCorvey opened a door that eventually gave the Rev. Flip Benham, OR’s national director, the opportunity to share the Gospel with her. Benham baptized McCorvey on August 8. For the next several days, McCorvey and Benham were surrounded by media.

Emily doesn’t understand why McCorvey’s change of heart received so much media attention, but she clearly grasps its significance.

“It made me really happy that she knows Jesus,” Emily said.

This article appeared in the Fall 1996 issue of Eternal Perspectives.

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