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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:16 PM

Meet Norma McCorvey, the LGBT Roe in Roe v. Wade

On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion protestors descended on the National Mall to voice their dissent at Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that 40 years ago struck down abortion bans. Probably the most contentious high court decision ever, Roe always seems to hang by a thread. What many don't know is that the woman behind Roe, Norma McCorvey, identified as a lesbian at one point. Read her fascinating story below:

One of the most famous cases involving a lesbian has little to do with sexual orientation — but it effected a sea change in women’s rights for a lifetime. Norma McCorvey was a part-Cajun high school dropout who grew up a Jehovah’s Witness in Louisiana and Texas. She dropped out of high school at 14, married at 16, and divorced her abusive husband soon after. Pregnant, she resumed living with her mother in Dallas, and she eventually gave birth to a daughter. McCorvey’s mother, however, kicked her out and took custody of the daughter away after McCorvey confessed that she was attracted to women. Her occasional relationships with men led to a second pregnancy at 19, and she gave the child up for adoption. In 1969, when she was 21, she became pregnant again and tried to obtain an abortion in Texas first by claiming rape, which failed because there were no police reports. Later she attempted to visit an illegal clinic, but also failed because the clinic had been shut down recently by police.

She hired an attorney and sued for the right to an abortion, and her case became known as the landmark Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that broke new ground regarding women’s reproductive rights. After the Supreme Court handed down its decision January 22, 1973, it ruled all anti-abortion laws unconstitutional, thus nullifying them in every state. After the ruling, McCorvey told the Baptist Press, a news service, that she was the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, saying she initiated the case, she had no job, a 10th-grade education, and no money to travel to a jurisdiction where abortions were legal. “I felt there was no one in the world who could help me,” she said.

In her 1994 memoir, I Am Roe, McCorvey discussed being a lesbian, and after the book’s publication she talked to dozens of reporters from mainstream and LGBT media about her longtime partner, Connie Gonzales, and their life together in Texas. “We’re not like other lesbians, going to bars. We’re lesbians by ourselves. We’re homers,” she told The New York Times.


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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:23 PM

1. Indeed. Meet Norma:

Norma McCorvey aka Jane Roe (Roe v Wade) promotes forced-birth.

I guess this ad has been around a while but I just recently saw it on TV for the first time. I really have no words at this point. Well, no civil words.

It was put out by virtuemedia, VIRTUE media, an anti-choice, forced-birth, organization.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:27 PM

2. This is just a sad story.

Given the time the upbringing, circumstances. But most stories have a silver lining. No matter which side you are on, we do have Roe v. Wade.

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