Norma McCorvey, the double face of abortion access in the US

Written by Raphalle Besse Desmoulières

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Norma McCorvey with daughter Cheryl, 23, and granddaughter, in April 1989.

Jane Roe. If all Americans, or almost all Americans, knew this name, fewer of those would associate a face with it. Behind this pseudonym, Norma McCorvey has long been hidden, a Texas native who was the origin of a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court. In 1973, Narrated v. Wade — Part Two referring to then-Dallas Attorney General Henry Wade — legalized abortion in the country.

“I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jane Roe. I wasn’t the right person to become Roe. I just became Roe, from ‘Roe v.’ Wade.” And the story of my life, with all its imperfections, is a small piece of history. Norma McCorvey in her autobiographical story “I’m Row” published in 1994

Since then, voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG) is allowed there until the fetus is considered viable, around twenty-four weeks. This decision represents a true cornerstone for women to get rid of their bodies, and that decision may soon be challenged by a redesigned Trump-era Supreme Court.

Five years after her death in 2017 at the age of 69, Norma McCorvey remains an elusive figure with a complex legacy.. A symbol of the right to abortion, which then moved to the anti-abortion camp, but it is far from the cartoon that some wanted to lock her up in.

In the biographical story, I (Harper Collins, untranslated) published in 1994, I wrote: “I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jin Rou. I wasn’t the right person to become Jin Ro. I just became Jane Roe, from “Roe v. Wade.” And the story of my life, with all its imperfections, is a small piece of history. »

tormented childhood

Norma McCurry was born in 1947, and was raised in a poor family in Houston, Texas.
His mother is an alcoholic. His father fled from Jehovah’s Witnesses. When she was a teen, her heart swung between girls and boys—something her devout mother who beat her couldn’t stand. Married at the age of 16, she immediately divorced, and she has a first child whom she entrusts her bosom to her mother. Norma admits that she takes drugs and abuses alcohol.

Two years later, she gave birth to another daughter, whom she adopted. At the age of 22 a new pregnancy. The short-haired brunette doesn’t want the baby, but Texas still doesn’t allow an abortion. The young woman has no means to go to another state where she can legally abort and fears she will end up in a sordid secret clinic. It’s addressed to two lawyers who just graduated, Sarah Weddington and Linda Covey, who persuaded her to challenge in court the law banning abortion in Texas.

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