Using the pseudonym "Jane Roe", Norma McCorvey undertook a legal challenge that culminated in the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling in 1973 that legalised abortion across the United States.
The case is filed by Norma McCorvey, known in court documents as Jane ROE against Henry WADE, the district attorney of Dallas County from 1951 to 1987, who enforced a Texas law that prohibited abortion, except to save a woman's life.
McCorvey expressed bitterness toward the attorneys who had represented her in the Roe v. Wade case, saying they were more interested in keeping her pregnant for their lawsuit than in helping her get the abortion she needed.
McCorvey confirmed to King that her third child was carried to term and adopted, and that she has never had an abortion. She alleged that there was new evidence that abortion hurt women.
"While pro-abortion advocates used Norma McCorvey to advance their efforts to legalize abortion in the early 1970s, she spent the last half of her life attempting to right the bad wrong that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion visited upon the country", Tobias stated upon hearing of McCorvey's death. McCorvey was an enigmatic person, to say the least - she went from the plaintiff in the famous court case that established a constitutional right to abortion to a fervent opponent of the very same ruling. "I'm sorry she won't be here to celebrate with me when we finally abolish legal abortion in this country, but I know she will be watching".
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McCorvey said she did not accept abortion even in cases of rape or incest, which are exceptions a portion of the anti-abortion community will at least grudgingly accept. McCorvey was pregnant when she became the lead plaintiff in the case. She had a run in with the law at age 10 and was declared a ward of the state. "Her work was not in vain", he said. McCorvey and Rev. Benham butted heads publicly, but they eventually began a friendship. The New York Times reported that, when McCorvey first told her mother she was a lesbian, the mother "kidnapped Melissa, banished Ms. McCorvey from the house and raised her granddaughter herself".
During another Subcommittee testimony in 2005, McCorvey begged that the monster she helped create be reversed. Poor and with a ninth grade education, she didn't have the means to seek abortion across state lines.
But she did tell more than 700 people Thursday about her recent conversion to Catholicism and to the anti - abortion movement at EPS Pregnancy Services' 25th anniversary celebration at the Holiday Convention Centre.
Yet the woman who entered the history books as Jane Roe never had an abortion.
According to reports, she died of heart failure.