Norma McCorvey, 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade court case, has died

19 February, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Essie Rivera
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In a 1987 interview with WUSA-TV, McCorvey said her lawyer had concocted the rape claim introduced in Roe v. Wade in order to make her story stronger, and that she went along with it believing that it be in her benefit. The case made it to the Supreme Court on appeal later that year, and was decided in a historic 7-2 ruling handed down in 1973. According to a journalist who had been working closely with McCorvey, she died of heart failure after a long illness, surrounded by her family. Coming out of anonymity, she first shed her eponymous courtroom pseudonym in the 1980s to take a public stance in support of abortion rights. Blackmun also established the trimester framework as a system to determine the state's ability to regulate abortion at each phase of pregnancy.

McCorvey gave birth before a three-judge panel on June 17 struck down the the Texas abortion statutes.

She gave a second child up for adoption, but when she got pregnant a third time she chose to have an abortion.

Interestingly, in her personal life, McCorvey actually shifted her position on abortion rights in later years and became a pro-life advocate in the years following the decision.

When asked if she would have had an abortion, McCorvey said, "I can honestly say no, I wouldn't have", because of how far along she was in her pregnancy.

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Norma McCorvey published two books based on her life: "I Am Roe: My Life, Roe V. Wade, and Freedom of Choice", and "Won by Love". In 2005, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by McCorvey to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

McCorvey died in the Houston area with her daughter Melissa and several grandchildren present, said the Rev. "But she wouldn't because she needed me to be pregnant for her case".

'I'm a simple woman with a ninth-grade education who wants women not to be harassed or condemned, ' she told the New York Times in 1994.

Although abortion is now legal in the USA, it comes at a high cost for women even to this day.

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