Most Americans won’t recognize her name, but Norma McCorvey changed history, and altered the lives of millions — sometimes fatally.
They are probably much more familiar with her pseudonym, “Jane Roe.” As the plaintiff of Roe v. Wade, she played a major role in the legalization of abortion in the United States, a role she later read to regret.
The one time “poster girl” for the feminist pro-choice movement eventually became one of the most outspoken pro-life leaders in the world. In books and speeches, McCorvey revealed that she had been used and then forgotten by the lawyers and other elites who used her to push their own agenda.
She also said that the entire premise of her case — that she’d been raped and therefore a more sympathetic plaintiff — had been a lie.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Norma McCorvey died Feb. 18 at the age of 69 due to a heart ailment at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas, the Washington Post reported Saturday. The Post said the death was confirmed by journalist Joshua Prager, who is writing a book on Roe v. Wade.
Lawyers for McCorvey, who wanted to get out of an unwanted pregnancy, filed a suit with a Texas federal district court in 1970. They used the alias “Jane Roe” for McCorvey.
The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and on Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that abortion was a right protected by the Constitution.
Of course, the media did everything it could to avoid reporting on McCorvey’s revelations — even though, in reverse, it was the kind of “conversion” story they’d normally turn into an Oscar winning movie.
McCorvey, by all accounts, lived a life full of contradiction and complexity: After she was embraced and welcomed by the pro-life community, many of them condemned her later long term relationship with another woman.
Her former pro-choice supporters insisted that she’d switched sides for money, but it couldn’t have been very much cash considering McCorvey continued to work low-paying jobs throughout her life. In many respects, she remained an enigma.
Whoever the “real” Norma McCorvey was, none of us can ever know now. May God have mercy on her soul.
Source: Washington Examiner