Norma Leah McCorvey (born September 22, 1947), better known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe", was the plaintiff in the landmark American lawsuit Roe v. Wade in 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional. Later, McCorvey's views on abortion changed substantially. McCorvey is now a Roman Catholic active in the pro-life movement.
McCorvey was born in either Lettsworth, Louisiana, or Simmesport, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. McCorvey's father left the family when she was 13 years old and her parents subsequently divorced. She and her older brother were raised by their mother Mildred, a violent alcoholic. McCorvey's father died on September 27, 1995. She is of partial Cajun and Cherokee ancestry.
McCorvey's troubles started at the age of 10, when she robbed the cash register at a gas station, and ran away to Oklahoma City with a friend. They tricked a hotel worker into letting them rent a room, and were there for 2 days when a maid walked in on her and her female friend kissing. McCorvey was taken by the police and eventually to court, where she was declared ward of the state and sent away to Mount St. Michaels in Dallas, where McCorvey said she was raped by a young nun. She was then sent to the State School for Girls in Gainesville, Florida on and off from ages 11–15. She said this was the happiest time of her childhood, and every time she was sent home, would purposely do something bad to be sent back. After being released, she lived with her mother’s cousin who raped her every night for 3 weeks straight. When McCorvey's mother found out, her cousin said McCorvey was making up the whole thing...
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