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Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade turned pro-life activist dies

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February 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Norma McCorvey, the woman whose case was used to legalize abortion in Roe v. Wade before she became a pro-life activist, has died at 69.

McCorvey was "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade. Her lawyers challenged Texas's law preventing her from aborting her baby, opening the door for abortion on demand in the United States. However, McCorvey herself never ended up obtaining an abortion.

After working in the abortion industry, McCorvey became a pro-life Christian in 1995. She said helping legalize abortion was "the biggest mistake of my life."

"One clinic where I worked in 1995 was typical: light fixtures and plaster falling from the ceiling; rat droppings over the sinks; backed up sinks; and blood splattered on the walls. But the most distressing room in the facility was the 'parts room,'" she said. "Aborted babies were stored here. There were dead babies and baby parts stacked like cord wood. Some of the babies made it into buckets and others did not…. The stench was horrible. Plastic bags full of baby parts, little tiny hands and feet visible through the jars, frozen in blood."

Of her role in Roe v. Wade, she said, "I long for the day that justice will be done and the burden from all of these deaths will be removed from my shoulders."

According to the Washington Post, McCorvey died of a heart ailment.

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