Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in all 50 states, Roe v. Wade, died Saturday. She was 69 years old.
After the landmark Supreme Court decision, McCorvey dedicated her life to overturning it, and became a notable pro-life advocate.
“You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death,” she said in a TV ad several years ago.
“Norma suffered tremendously at the hands of those who cared more about the institution of abortion than this courageous woman’s life,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization. “She learned first-hand the falsehood of the lie that ‘abortion liberates.’ She found instead that it is an insidious invitation to misery for so many women and death for more than fifty million unborn children since the day of the fateful Roe decision.”
Since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down in 1973, more than 58 million children have been aborted in the United States alone.
The nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is currently embroiled in a battle with congressional Republicans to continue receiving nearly $540 million in taxpayer funds annually. Planned Parenthood leaders claim the organization provides important services to women other than abortion, but the truth is, they specialize in abortion and frequently lie about the services they provide. Last year, they provided less than 2 percent of breast exams and pap tests in the United States, yet performed 30 percent of all abortions.