Now in the film "AKA Jane Roe," Norma McCorvey says she was paid by Operation Rescue to switch sides. But then in the mid-1990s, she converted to evangelical Christianity and joined up with Operation Rescue. Norma McCorvey died of heart failure on February 18, 2017, at the age of 69. Like everything else surrounding abortion, how people see "AKA Jane Roe" will surely be shaped by the ideological prism they bring to it. CHANG: Right, but, you know, other people wrote in after the film who say that they have known her well, like President Troy Newman of Operation Rescue. And that's what I'd say. People might be surprised to realize that McCorvey, despite wanting an abortion that kicked off Roe v. Wade, ended up bearing another child. Rob Schenck says the jig is up. That's what Norma McCorvey believed. And I know that nobody that knows her would not agree with the idea that Norma McCorvey wanted to support women. Vanity Fair may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. There’s also never any discussion about McCorvey’s decision to give up her children for adoption. Sweeney has a great deal of ground to cover, going back and forth between the macro issue of abortion and McCorvey's personal tale. All Rights Reserved. I spoke with filmmaker Nicholas Sweeney. To continue watching this episode, sign in with your TV provider user ID and password. And I asked her... SWEENEY: Do you think they would say that you used them? "AKA Jane Roe" is constructed like a mystery, building toward a previously unseen interview with the late Norma McCorvey -- made famous by the abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade -- … What do you think the lesson is here? Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. Read on to know more details about the feature. — The Week the Cameras Stopped: TV in the COVID-19 Era— Why Natalie Wood’s Daughter Is Confronting Robert Wagner About Wood’s Death— Inside Rock Hudson’s Real-Life Relationship With Agent Henry Wilson— How The Mandalorian Fought to Keep Baby Yoda From Being Too Cute— A First Look at Charlize Theron’s Immortal Warrior in The Old Guard— Back to the Future, Uncut Gems, and More New Titles on Netflix This Month— From the Archive: How Rock Hudson and Doris Day Helped Define the Romantic Comedy. All rights reserved. You know, I took their money, and they put me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. The documentary will also include interviews with figures like Gloria Allred, who once represented McCorvey, and Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister and former leader of Operation Rescue, who has also disavowed his militant antiabortion stance. Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson square off in a national battle in this untold conspiracy that led to the most famous and controversial court case in history. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with film director Nick Sweeney about his new documentary AKA Jane Roe, which is available on FX starting Friday. For a documentary touting itself as having McCorvey’s last interview — she died in 2017 — there’s no active instigation from the interviewer, although we hear him push other interview subjects. And at one point in the film, she randomly breaks into this - these lines from "Macbeth.". The case is one that everyone has an opinion on and it is near impossible to divorce personal feelings from a given work, whether that be a book or documentary on the subject. But the documentary is most intriguing as a profile of a woman who spent time as a lightning rod for both sides of the most divisive of political issues. The doc, clocking in at a little over an hour, gives a cursory glimpse into her background. In 1973 Texas cleaning woman Norma McCorvey became the most famous woman in America when her attempt to obtain an abortion became the impetus for the court case known as Roe v. Wade. CHANG: Right. And, you know, Norma is backed up by Reverend Rob Schenck, who is one of the Operation Rescue leaders and one of the key organizers in a lot of Norma's appearances. Norma McCorvey, the former Roe of Roe v.Wade, speaks on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 18, 2005 in Washington, DC. MCCORVEY: Well, I think it was a mutual thing. The big headline out of "AKA Jane Roe" is, McCorvey later shocked her allies by declaring herself born again, switching her allegiance to the anti-abortion-rights group Operation Rescue. In … To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. And we just started talking about her time in the anti-abortion movement. SWEENEY: What I think is interesting is the transactional way that she describes it all. FX Networks is set to premiere its first documentary feature AKA Jane Roe, a film that illuminates the real-life “Roe” of Roe v. Wade fame – Norma … Also featured are friends of McCorvey’s and key figures from both sides of the abortion fight. I was shocked. But other parts of Operation Rescue pushed back on that moment. But Norma just wanted to be herself. "AKA Jane Roe" doesn't necessarily ask the viewer to like McCorvey; rather, the goal, mostly accomplished, is to present a clearer sense of the unlikely personality at the center of this polarized debate, with all the messy contradictions that her legacy entails. Though many scenes in this 1965 musical were shot in a studio, those majestic exteriors of. She says, I am a good actress, but I'm not acting now, of course, she adds. I don’t believe in abortion even in an extreme situation,” she told the Associated Press in 1998. She described herself as not being a picture-perfect, white-gloved lady. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. I hope that she got to share who she really was. And so that day, it was just myself and one other person. (Travis Lindquist/Getty Images). Weddington took the case all the way to the Supreme Court where, in 1973, a right to abortion was invented in the United States, though none ever existed in the Constitution. Sweeney’s lens appears to be: Where does the truth lie? You’re not to act as your own God.”, In 2017, McCorvey died of heart failure at age 69. Sign in now to access this episode and more, including all current season episodes of many shows! I am a good actress.”. That’s what I’d say. A new FX documentary will feature the story of the Jane Roe in the case, whom we now know as Norma McCorvey and will unravel the mysteries closely guarded by McCorvey throughout her life. So I'm not surprised that that's the response from a group like Operation Rescue. Do you feel that you ultimately accomplished that? Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Roe v. Wade, which effectively legalized abortion across the United States, was spurred by a young McCorvey attempting to get an abortion in Texas. And Roe vs. Wade helped save women's lives. The new documentary "AKA Jane Roe" focuses on Norma McCorvey. McCorvey, along with the Justice Foundation are petitioning the Supreme Court to reverse it’s decision in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming FX documentary AKA Jane Roe, set for release Friday, contains a bombshell: The woman at the heart of Roe v.Wade, who became a vocal opponent of … CHANG: Nick Sweeney is the director of the new documentary "AKA Jane Roe." Norma McCorvey, also known as 'Jane Roe,' says she was paid to be an antiabortion activist in a new documentary filmed before her death. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us. The film will spotlight McCorvey’s true story as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, and feature interviews with her just prior to her death in February 2017.