How 'Jane Roe' came to symbolize both pro-life and pro-choice
Feb 20 2017 by Cristina Jennings
In testimony for a Senate subcommittee in 1998, McCorvey said: 'I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name'. I was glad to know some other poor woman wouldn't have to go through what I did. - On faith and abortion after she embraced Christianity.
Although abortion is now legal in the U.S., it comes at a high cost for women even to this day. "Wade" class="local_link" target="_blank">declining, which researchers attribute to easier access to birth control.
Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who represented McCorvey when she supported abortion rights, said she was very proud to have been "Jane Roe." and released this statement.
"We've framed our abortion debate all wrong". Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Although she published two memoirs, much about McCorvey's life remains a mystery. In her affidavit filed with the US District Court in Dallas, Texas, McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" in Roe vs Wade, said the case was wrongfully decided. She was used by lawyers who were looking for a client to make a case for an abortion right.
Ms McCorvey was not the first woman to challenge the abortion laws, but she was the first whose case made it all the way to the Supreme Court through the appeals process. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow attributed to shunning to how she did not fit the preferred model of "suburban wives" as poster people, along with some discomfort with her homosexual lifestyle at the time.
According to a 1997 CNN interview, Operation Rescue's national director, Reverend Phillip Benham described her as "super hard-core", in her "hate" for the organization.
"They couldn't understand this odd relationship with the head of Operation Rescue and the poster child of the pro-abortion movement".
Throughout her life, McCorvey struggled with addiction and unemployment, and decades in the spotlight didn't result in financial stability. Eventually, McCorvey attended a church service, and later was baptized in a backyard swimming pool. Norma McCorvey is more than someone who helped legalize abortion.
She later converted to Catholicism and said her faith turned her into a vociferous abortion opponent.
"Do not vote for Barack Obama", McCorvey said, according to Vanity Fair. Blackmun also established the trimester framework as a system to determine the state's ability to regulate abortion at each phase of pregnancy. "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".
Over the years, McCorvey would become more controversial. Careful questioning of more than 1,000 respondents suggests that 21 percent of Americans neither identified as pro-life or pro-choice, while 18 percent identified as both. She was, in her words, a confused 21-year-old who suffered greatly, making what she felt was the only choice to make before becoming an advocate for life.
The woman at the centre of a court case which legalised abortion in the USA has died, aged 69.