Quotation by Norma McCorvey

I suppose it would be nice to say ... that ... I realized I was making abortion-rights history.... But the honest truth is that nothing like that even occurred to me. I was simply at the end of my rope. At a dead end. I just didn't know what else to do.
Norma McCorvey (b. 1947), U.S. speaker and Supreme Court case plaintiff. I Am Roe, ch. 10 (1994).

McCorvey was a reform school veteran, a lesbian, without money, and alone when, at twenty-one, she was impregnated with her third child during a brief heterosexual affair. Using the name "Jane Roe" to protect her privacy, she became the plaintiff in a historic court case, Roe v. Wade. It went to the U. S. Supreme Court and established women's right to abortion, which until then had been illegal in the United States. However, the decision was too late for McCorvey, who bore her child, surrendered it for adoption, and descended into a struggle with alcohol, drugs, and depression, from which she eventually emerged. The year after this book was published, McCorvey would express reservations about abortion and declare herself "pro- life."
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