No One Really Knew Jane Roe

Her shocking deathbed confession makes that clear

The Cut
The Cut
May 21, 2020 · 6 min read
Norma McCorvey. Photo: Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

By Callie Beusman

Norma McCorvey spent most of her life as a symbol. At age 22 — mired in poverty, a survivor of childhood abuse, and pregnant against her will for the third time — she became Jane Roe: the anonymous plaintiff at the center of Roe v. Wade, an emblem of the cruelty of America’s abortion bans…

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