By: Sarah Kroth |
Jane Roe was the alias given to Norma McCorvey, who had come to Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, the lawyers to challenge Texas’ anti-abortion legislation. Norma had tried everything to get an abortion, even lying to doctors saying she was raped (the only loophole in the Texas law), but became Jane Roe for the sake of a class action suit against the law.
After the Roe v Wade decision McCorvey was vocally supportive of abortion rights, she even worked at an abortion clinic. In 1995 the group Operation Rescue moved next door to the abortion clinic McCorvey was working at. Slowly, through conversations and encounters with the Rev. Flip Benham, she changed her position on abortion. She recanted her statements supporting abortion, regretted her involvement in Roe v Wade, and was baptized by an Evangelical preacher. In 1997, the year of the 25th anniversary of Roe v Wade, McCorvey published a book detailing why she switched her position on abortion, and discussing her new relationship with God. She has since started her own anti-abortion group called Roe No More Ministry, and regularly marches on Washington with her group to protest abortion.