CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 |
I felt strange watching the face on TV that had for too many years been the symbol of everything I vehemently opposed. It was the face of legalized abortion. The face of tragedy. The face of Norma McCorvey. Through the years I had seen her on various news programs, as the "Jane Roe" of Roe vs. Wade, which in one broad sweep had overturned all protective laws for unborn humans and opened the floodgates of destruction through the ninth month of pregnancy.
August 15, 1995 |
She was a ninth-grade dropout thrust at random into the headlights of a divisive social movement--but she was also a powerful symbol. It's no wonder, analysts say, she flipped over last week from the complex, intellectual ideology of the abortion rights movement to the security of a fundamentalist faith dedicated to "saving babies." Norma McCorvey, they say, is a classic religious convert, a woman searching for meaning and structure in an ambivalent world. For many years, McCorvey was the silent, invisible "Jane Roe" plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling.
August 30, 1992 |
Roe vs. Wade is one of this year's loudest political rallying cries--immediately familiar, and immediately dividing the audience. Already, in either party or both, someone is probably saying, "Where is Jane Roe? What happened to her? Can we get her?" There are many such names, equally known if less divisive: Brown vs. Board of Education. Miranda vs. Arizona. Gideon vs. Wainwright. Regents of the University of California vs. Bakke.
April 6, 1989
Dallas police searched for a gunman who shot out two windows and a glass door at the home of "Jane Roe," the woman whose pregnancy led to the legalization of abortion. Norma McCorvey, 41, who went by the pseudonym Jane Roe in the Roe vs. Wade abortion case, was shaken by the shooting at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
March 17, 1996 |
Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of the Roe vs. Wade case who is now opposed to abortion, is accused of pushing an abortion clinic worker in a dispute over a parking space. The scuffle happened March 8 in a parking lot shared by A Choice for Women clinic and the national headquarters of Operation Rescue. McCorvey, who works at Operation Rescue, bumped Tina Gannon's van with her car and then pushed the woman down, police said. Gannon, 35, a secretary at the abortion clinic, was not injured.
June 18, 1989 |
The cross currents in the abortion issue are many. A highway sign on Route 99 in California's Central Valley reads, if I remember, "The right to an abortion," but the words an abortion are stricken and the word kill is interlineated. At the same time, in 1988, for the first time in a decade, the California Legislature did not include a budgetary prohibition on the use of public funds for abortion. "Roe v. Wade," the paperback edition of a book published a year ago by Macmillan, examines where this country has been on the issue of abortion.