Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Has Died

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She was just 69 years old.

Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” behind the 1973 “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court abortion case, has died at an assisted living facility in Texas, reports The New York Times. She was 69.

McCorvey was just 21 when she sought to end an unwanted pregnancy in 1970. Since restrictive Texas laws prevented her from getting an abortion, two lawyers helped her take her case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Her identity was not revealed until years after the case was settled law, and in 1994, she toldThe New York Times:

I’m a simple woman with a ninth grade education who wants women to not be harassed or condemned. I just wanted the privilege of a clean clinic to get the procedure done. … I just never had the privilege to go into an abortion clinic, lay down and have an abortion. That’s the only thing I never had.

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McCorvey later became a born again Christian and outspoken foe to women’s healthcare rights, including abortion.

From: Cosmopolitan
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