Norma “Jane Roe” McMorvey Dies at 69

Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff at the center of the controversial “Roe v Wade” decision in 1973 has died. She was 69.

McCorvey was only 21, divorced, and homeless in Dallas, Texas when she became pregnant with her third child in 1969. After trying and failing to obtain an illegal abortion, she was referred to two freshly-minted attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington who were looking for a case to challenge the Texas statue barring the termination of pregnancies.

McCorvey agreed, but never attended a single trial in the three years the case wound its way through the Courts.

Her child, born healthy in 1970, was adopted.

Later in life, McCorvey called her role in the landmark case “the biggest mistake of her life,” and spent the rest of her life as an outspoken, pro-life activist.




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