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Roe v. Roe: Pro-Life "Jane Roe" Arrested at Sotomayor Hearing

Roe v. Roe: Pro-Life "Jane Roe" Arrested at Sotomayor Hearing

The tale of America's battle over abortion is a complicated one. When asked about Roe v. Wade today, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said that the case was settled law. But that's an answer the case's namesake wishes weren't true. Jane Roe, whose real name is Norma McCorvey, was arrested at Sotomayor's hearing yesterday after she began screaming that Sotomayor was wrong about abortion.

Norma McCorvey's pregnancy and subsequent lawsuit — the infamous Roe v. Wade — resulted in the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. But today, McCorvey, who gave birth to the baby in question before her case reached the Supreme Court, opposes abortion. She heads her own pro-life ministry called Roe No More.

In case you don't know much about Norma (aka "Roe"), let me share some of the more intriguing details of her life. Her grandmother was a prostitute and a fortune teller, her father a TV repair man, and her mother an alcoholic. After her first child was born, she told her mother that she preferred women to men, prompting her mother to take the child and banish Norma. She later gave birth to another child, which she gave up for adoption. She got pregnant again with a baby that became the Roe baby. Years later, in 1995, Norma quit her job at an abortion clinic, announced that she was pro-life, and joined Operation Rescue.

McCorvey once wrote: "Though I had never had one, abortion was the sun around which my life orbited." It seems that is still the case.

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GKitty GKitty 8 years
#16: Or anonymous...
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
Well, she certainly doesn't seem the poster child for safe sex. I think it's understandable for her to change her opinion, and I don't care either way just as long as it stays legal. And @comment 16: At the stages where the pregnancy is aborted... 1. The fetus can't survive outside the womb. Or at least has a VERY low chance of it. As far as it's concerned, you can barely say it's a separate organism, it's still using mom for everything and would die without her. 2. DNA and a handful of characteristics aside, the fetus could just as easily be a chicken or a dolphin, or a puppy or an elephant or a pony.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Um, I hope she finds what she needs? Although it doesn't seem like she's really sure of what she needs? Sorry for the weak response but she's pretty scrambled.
almost-famous almost-famous 8 years
Lord... She's trying....
mix-tape mix-tape 8 years
I don't think it's so much the person behind the case that is news worthy, but the results of the case that changed America. "Roe" is certainly interesting, but her opinions on abortions don't really change anything. At least she's found her true passion though haha.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Issues, man. Issues.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
Ha, great quote Tres. Of course it wasn't easy, it's downright impossible to get pregnant with another woman!
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
In 1994 "Roe" was quoted as saying:
"My mother put it into my head that I was bisexual. I only ever slept with four or five men, but I got pregnant with three of them. With women it wasn't so easy to get pregnant."
superjules superjules 8 years
GlowingMoon- I can't say for sure why she switched sides, but my birth mother had 5 kids (I was the last) and married 4 times before deciding she's had enough of the male half of our species. I'm going to assume on my mother's part that it was all those menfolk that turned her off. They'll do that ya know! : )
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
Well said, GKitty.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
She is a victim of public pressure...we all have had to make hard decisions in life. She trying to please everybody in the world pro or con. She can't live in peace or with out public judgement every step she takes for rest of her life. Her sorrow must be overwhelming as evident in her actions yesterday.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, she seems like a head case. If she truly "preferred women to men," how come she got pregnant so many times (I presume she got pregnant the old-fashion way)? Her personal life seems untidy (to say the least).
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I wonder has she ever had contact with the little girl she gave up.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Wow.... :0
superjules superjules 8 years
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