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By anonimouse (Sat Feb 18, 2017 at 03:18:10 PM EST) careful what you wish for (all tags)
But Roe v Wade lives on.

 Is there any irony in the fact she died at the age of 69, dude

I wish I could put this under Death, Law, Sex and Trolling at the same time.


 The BBC news article revealed some facts I didn't know about the case, such as the fact she lied about the circumstances:
McCorvey, having revealed her real name in the 1980s, went on to clarify that she had not been raped as she had earlier claimed. She had said so only to get permission for an abortion and speed up her case.
Apparently she spent significant time and effort trying to get Roe v Wade overturned.

Truly a heroine and an icon, however much she may have regretted accidentally becoming one.
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There's a lot of people should be ashamed by ambrosen (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 05:32:37 AM EST
She did not have the life she (or anyone) deserved.

From MetaFilter

"The best overview of Norma McCorvey's life and her conversion to opposing abortion can be found in the February 2013 Vanity Fair article, Tracing the Life of Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, and Why She’d Favor an Abortion Ban. I can't speak for what "pro-choice people" as a whole might feel about Norma McCorvey, but personally, I'm just sad she's had such a hard life.

She grew up being raised by an abusive mother, a woman who later admitted to Vanity Fair "I beat the fuck out of [Norma]." By the time she was 16, she was already pregnant and married to Elwood McCorvey, a sheet metal worker she ran off with a year earlier. Her husband Elwood was also physically abusive to her, and she ended up divorcing him before her daughter Melissa was born. At 19, Norma was openly identifying as a lesbian and working at a gay bar, but still continued have relationships with men, including one relationship that left her pregnant a second time. By this time, Norma had lost custody of her daughter Melissa to her mother, and she would eventually give up the second child for adoption. After getting pregnant a third time, Norma decided to have an abortion, but the procedure wasn't legally available in Texas at the time. While the court case was under review, Norma McCorvey would get drunk and pound her pregnant belly with her fists. Ironically, McCorvey gave birth to her third child, before Texas state courts ruled on her case. Like her second child, the third child would be given away immediately for adoption.

McCorvey's conversion to the anti-abortion cause occurred in 1995, when Flip Benham, the successor to Randall Terry as head of Operation Rescue, baptized McCorvey in a backyard swimming pool.

According to the Vanity Fair profile,

Publicly, the pro-choice movement more or less shrugged. McCorvey’s former lawyer, Sarah Weddington, said, “All Jane Roe ever did was sign a one-page legal affidavit.” But Charlotte Taft, the women’s-rights advocate, regrets that the pro-choice camp did not make McCorvey feel more needed or more special. And, she says, evangelical religion provided Norma with something the pro-choice movement could not: the comfort of absolute truth. “She got to know she is right,” says Taft.

There was something else in it for McCorvey, something practical. As Gloria Allred points out, “It’s a career choice as well.” After resigning her position at A Choice for Women and shuttering her second foundation, McCorvey helped to create a new Texas nonprofit, Roe No More Ministry, devoted to undoing all she had previously stood for. It was Roe v. Roe.

Sadly, it appears that McCorvey has spent most of her adult life as a pawn between both the pro-choice and pro-life movements. She felt undervalued by the pro-choice movement, but she has also alienated people on the pro-life side. Flip Benham, the man who convinced McCorvey to undergo a religious conversion and become an activist against abortion, now says of her, "She just fishes for money.""

She really did by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 11:31:50 AM EST
I remember being so sad at that article.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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