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Norma L. McCorvey
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    (September 22, 1947-February 18, 2017)
    AKA Jane Roe
    Plaintiff in the landmark case, 'Roe vs. Wade'
    Founded the, 'Roe No More Ministry,' in 1997
    Author of the book, 'Won by Love'
    She started smoking at 13.
    She married at 16.
    The decision in her case sparked an intense national debate that exists to this day.
    She was a lesbian who later believed homosexuality was a sin after becoming born-again.
    She lied about being raped.
    For some unknown reason she was identified as, 'Jane Roe,' in court papers, instead of the commonly used, 'Jane Doe.'
    She lived next door to, and worked in several different abortion clinics in an attempt to justify her involvement in the legalization of abortion.
    This caused her to become so guilt-ridden, that she became addicted to drugs and alcohol for over 28 years.
    She later worked to overturn the very law she is an icon for.
    Contrary to popular belief, she never had an abortion. She gave her child up for adoption.
    She was physically and emotionally abused as a child.
    She did not seek out assistance to have an abortion.
    she was approached by two feminist lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, who knew the attorney Norma was using to facilitate an adoption.
    The adoption attorney contacted Weddington after Norma stated she would possibly consider a 'safe and legal' abortion, even though she was in her third trimester of pregnancy and would not have been able to have an abortion unless it was to save her own life.
    She stated she was then pressured and coerced into becoming the plaintiff and poster child for Roe vs. Wade because 'they needed someone that was pregnant.'
    Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, stated: The Roe vs. Wade decision 'isn't about any single individual. It is about the freedom of all women to make reproductive decisions free from government intrusion,' corroborating Norma's claims that she was exploited to further an agenda.
    She had a total of three children, none of which she ever knew, two were raised by family members, and her third was adopted.
    She overcame her drug and alcohol addictions, and has found religion as solace.
    Even though she is no longer pro-choice, her case was a leap forward for women's rights.

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