Norma McCorvey

Who the heck is Norma McCorvey? She was a woman who lived in Texas, and out of her desire to protect her identity, was called Jane Roe. Is this starting to sound familiar? If I said Roe v. Wade, you’d probably say, “Hmm, that sounds familiar.” Well, Norma McCorvey was Jane Roe. In the early seventies she became pregnant and desired an abortion, but legally she couldn’t obtain one in the state of Texas.

Without a choice, she gave birth, and eventually put her child up for adoption. Then, she brought a law suit against Dallas County District Attorney, Henry Wade, and there you have it. Roe v. Wade is a landmark case, and there’s no other issue in modern America that’s as emotionally and politically charged as abortion rights. Of course, this case made it to the Supreme Court, and most Americans believed abortion was a matter of private choice-

a decision fit for a woman to make, but they received harsh push back from conservatives. The conservatives “pro-life” movement gained strength by the time the 1980’s came around. In 1998, Norma McCorvey converted to Christianity, and Henry Wade died in 2001. Many people don’t know this, but Henry Wade, the prosecutor sued in this case, prosecuted Jack Ruby, the man known for killing Lee Harvey Oswald.

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