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Norma McCorvey recanted from her pro-abortion position and quit a job at an abortion facility years ago. Today, the former "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, officially asked a court to begin the process of overturning the infamous Supreme Court bearing her name that legalized abortion.

At a press conference Tuesday in Dallas, McCorvey says she regrets her role in the case and is saddened that she was used by aggressive pro-abortion attorneys who wanted more to make abortion legal than to help her with an unexpected pregnancy. "We're getting our babies back,'' a jubilant McCorvey said at a news conference along with about 60 women who have had abortions. They held signs that read "I regret my abortion.''

"I want to thank all the wonderful women that are standing here. I'm so sorry that I filed that affidavit [for the Roe case]," McCorvey said. "I long for the day that justice will be done and the burden from all these deaths will be removed from my shoulders."

Allen Parker, the head of the Texas Justice Foundation, a pro-life legal group based in Texas, said he knows of no other major Supreme Court case where the lead plaintiff has asked for the ruling to be overturned. "I think the new evidence will show the court what they thought was good will turn out to be an instrument of wrong,'' said Parker.

Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt said her group doesn't view the case as a threat to the Roe decision. "We don't expect the court to take it seriously. And the reason is because it was a good decision," she told Reuters. "Roe v. Wade enabled women to participate in the social, financial and political life of this country."

The Texas Justice Foundation filed the motion with the federal district court in Dallas, which ruled to legalize abortion in Texas before the Supreme Court ruling. The group represents McCorvey and has more than 1,000 affidavits from women who regret their decisions to have an abortion. Parker said the Supreme Court in 1973 had too little evidence about abortion's negative impact on women's physical and emotional health. The petition includes more than 5,400 pages of evidence.

The Texas attorney general's office and Dallas district attorney each have 20 days to respond to the motion. If the motion is granted, it could pave the way to having the case heard by the Supreme Court.

McCorvey was 21-years-old and pregnant for the third time when she sought an abortion. She agreed to be the plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Texas' pro-life statute that prohibited abortion unless necessary to save the life of the mother. The Supreme Court decision came after she had the baby. It was the third child she put up for adoption. McCorvey publicly identified herself as Jane Roe in 1980.


Source: Pro-Life Infonet; June 17, 2003


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Posted 21 Jun 2003.

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