Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, lived a momentous life that saw her not only playing an instrumental role in establishing federal abortion rights in the United States but also switching sides and becoming involved in the pro-life movement, her oldest daughter recalled in an interview with Efe.
The story is further complicated by McCorvey's assertion - captured in the 2020 TV documentary "AKA Jane Roe" - that she never supported the anti-abortion movement and only took part in pro-life activism for the money.
"She gave up a lot to fight for women's rights and help women," Melissa Mills said of her mother Norma McCorvey (1947-2017), better known by the pseudonym "Jane Roe," in a video interview with Efe from her home in Katy, Texas.
Mills added that her mother, who died five years ago in that same town, would have been "devastated" to have lived to see the Supreme Court overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling in a 5-4 decision on Friday.
Norma Leah Nelson - McCorvey's maiden name - was born in 1947 into a poor family in rural Louisiana and endured a turbulent childhood.