In 1970, Norma McCorvey was a self-proclaimed “very confused” 21-year-old mother of one, with a second child on the way.

Three years later, she would take on the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” and become the prominent plaintiff in the history-making Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.

The 1973 decision, written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, established the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy as guaranteed under the right to privacy.


Over 40 years later, Roe v. Wade still faces challenges and “Jane Roe” has become akin to Joan of Arc in the women’s right to choose movement.

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