February 18, 2017 — Norma McCorvey, better known by her pseudonym “Jane Roe”, has died at age 69; 44 years after her landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.
At age 21, Norma was living in poverty and became pregnant with her third child out of wedlock. Norma met with a lawyer, who sued the state of Texas over the state abortion laws. In 1973, the court ruled that a woman’s right to an abortion fell under the constitutional right to privacy, and federal law has protected a woman’s right to choose an abortion ever since.
Years after the case ruling, Norma worked at an abortion facility, which after leaving the job, she described as having “blood spattered on the walls” and had a room called the ‘parts room’ which stored baby parts.
Norma was pro-choice for over 20 years, and although it was her case that legalized abortion, she never had an abortion, and, instead, chose adoption.
In 1995, she became a pro-life advocate and a born-again Christian.
“Abortion has eliminated 50 million innocent babies in the US alone since 1973” Norma said in a television ad. “Now I’m dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life, from natural conception to natural death.”
You can watch the video here.
“I long for the day that justice will be done and the burden from all of these deaths will be removed from my shoulders,” Norma said.
Since becoming pro-life, Norma often spoke publicly at pro-life rallies, and on television ads. In 2003, she even went to court in an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, which was subsequently denied.
Norma stated in 2008:
“My decisions were wrong and I am fighting with every breath to change what has occurred. My view has changed. I believe that God has brought me to this point to bring change once again.”