Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. Nathan Frandino reports.
UPSOUND: "I never had an abortion" Norma McCorvey died of heart failure at an assisted living home in Texas on Saturday, according to a journalist close to her. She was the anonymous plaintiff behind the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs Wade ruling that legalized abortion. The ruling established that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to have an abortion until the point of viability. UPSOUND: "Hey!" While McCorvey lent her name to women's rights supporters in the 1980s, she later became a born-again Christian and told Reuters in a 1998 interview that she had become disillusioned with the pro-choice movement. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORMA MCCORVEY, "JANE ROE" IN ROE VS. WADE CASE, SAYING: "I started talking to the women before they would go in for their abortions, after they would come out. And it was the same thing over and over. They all regretted it." The 1973 ruling has been the focus of a divisive political, legal and moral debate ever since. Efforts to overturn the decision are heating up with the election of Donald Trump as president and a conservative congress... an action McCorvey in 1998 did not think would likely happen anytime soon. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORMA MCCORVEY, "JANE ROE" IN ROE VS. WADE CASE, SAYING: "As much as I'd like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, I don't know if it'll happen in our lifetime, or even in my grandchildren's lifetime, but it will happen." McCorvey was 69 years old.