DALLAS — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69.
McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, journalist Joshua Prager confirmed to CBS News. He is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure.
McCorvey was 22, unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time when in 1969 she sought to have an abortion in Texas, where the procedure was illegal except to save a woman’s life. The subsequent lawsuit, known as Roe v. Wade, led to Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling that established abortion rights, though by that time, McCorvey had given birth and given her daughter up for adoption.
As The pro-abortion movement celebrates the anniversary of the court ruling Almost nobody is talking about the true story behind Roe v. Wade.
And no wonder why. It’s terribly inconvenient for the pro-abortion cause.
One woman, Norma McCorvey, knows the true story all too well.
She told her story in brief in a powerful ad from 2013. “Most of you won’t recognize me, or my real name,” she says in the ad. “It’s Norma McCorvey. I’m also known as Jane Roe.”
Yes, that Jane Roe – the young woman who was supposedly raped, and who was supposedly seeking the illegal abortion that she petitioned the Supreme Court to let her have.
The only problem? She wasn’t raped. She was told to lie about that by the pro-abortion activists who used a confused and impressionable young woman to achieve their aims.
“Back in 1973 I was a very confused 21 year old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy,” she says.
And even though the Supreme Court used her case to impose legal abortion on the entire country, McCorvey herself explains, “the truth be told, I have three daughters and I have never had an abortion.”
“Upon knowing God, I realized that my case, which legalized aboriton on demand, was the biggest mistake of my life,” she says.
“You see, abortion has eliminated 50 million innocent babies in the U.S. alone since 1973. Abortion scars an untold number of post-abortive mothers, fathers, and families too.
“You read about me in history books, but now I’m dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.”