Norma L. McCorvey (b. 1947) is best known as "Jane Roe" in the landmark Roe v. Wade lawsuit in which a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognized abortion as a constitutional right, overturning individual states' laws against abortion.
McCorvey initially claimed she had been raped, but later admitted she had become pregnant due to birth control failure. She now claims she became the "pawn" of two young and ambitious lawyers who were looking for a plaintiff with whom they could use to challenge the Texas state law prohibiting abortion.
In 1995, McCorvey quit her job at a Dallas women's clinic, joined a church pastored by a leader of Operation Rescue, and has since become an advocate of the pro-life movement, fighting to make abortion illegal.