January 23, 2013
THE ROE V. WADE decision - announced 40 years ago Tuesday - is the best-known Supreme Court decision: When asked, Americans name it eight times more than the second-place Brown v. Board of Education . That's not surprising given the fact that, unlike most other Supreme Court decisions, this one's anniversary is regularly marked, as it was Tuesday, by demonstrations, pro and con. What some people may not remember is that Roe - the case of...
December 21, 2005 |
IWAS A little boy when the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and a college graduate when the highest court ruled in Roe v. Wade (1973). Each case redefined America in a different way, both a result of hard-fought social progress. Brown sealed the rights of African-Americans well beyond its constitutional prohibition against separate but equal; Roe held that the 14th Amendment, as a matter of privacy, protected a woman's right to an abortion. Although abortion was then prohibited by Texas law, except to save the woman's life, Jane Roe (the legal alias used to protect the identity of Norma McCorvey, an unmarried Texax)
January 22, 2004 |
This date last year marked my debut as a protester. That's when I joined more than 200,000 peaceful protesters in opposing legalized abortion at the March for Life in Washington, on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I wasn't always a radical. For ages, my point of view about abortion was ambivalent. During freewheeling single days, most of my 20-year-marriage, and my time as a mid-life college student, I straddled the fence: I'd never personally choose abortion, but I wouldn't presume to speak for everywoman.
June 1, 2001 |
Three New Jersey women are fighting for the right to sue their abortion doctors, claiming that by aborting their fetuses, the doctors wrongfully killed their children. The women have not had much success so far because, under New Jersey law and Supreme Court abortion rulings, a fetus is not a child. At a news conference yesterday, their lawyer, Harold J. Cassidy of Holmdel, Monmouth County, announced he was filing an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia of their unsuccessful suit in federal court in Trenton.
January 22, 1998
Roe vs. Wade was the case of a pregnant, unmarried woman in Texas who wanted an abortion. "Jane Roe" was a pseudonym used to protect her privacy; her real name was Norma McCorvey. The defendant, Henry Wade, was Dallas' district attorney. He was charged with enforcing Texas law, which banned abortion except to save the life of the mother. McCorvey did not have the abortion. Instead, she gave the baby girl up for adoption. On Jan. 22, 1973, the court ruled 7-to-2 that: A fetus is not a "person" with rights under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
August 22, 1995 |
Norma McCorvey has led a troubled life. At 21, pregnant for the third time, she decided she simply couldn't have another child; she wanted an abortion. It was a decision that changed the course of American history. McCorvey, known in court documents as "Jane Roe," never got the abortion she sought so desperately. She gave birth to a child she gave up for adoption. She also gave birth to one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in history. McCorvey is the "Roe" of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that made first-trimester abortions legal.
August 18, 1995 |
The answering machine in her Dallas home now offers the world only the plainest of telephone messages. "There will be no press statement," it says, "there will be no more public appearances from me. I am going to be regular person Norma McCorvey. " Last week, the 47-year-old, who once described herself as "a poor, half- crazy, half-ordinary woman who had been picked by fate to become a symbol of something much bigger and finer than herself," went through one of the most public of conversions.
August 18, 1995
COUNCIL VOTE ON 'DOUBLE-DIP' FAR FROM UNANIMOUS I am writing in response to your Aug. 9 editorial titled, "Misplaced generosity: Why make the city lavish pay on injured workers," wherein you chastise City Council members for refusing to approve a bill that would have eliminated the "double-dip" for injured firefighters. I fully understand and respect your role as watchdog and critic of all government bodies, including Philadelphia City Council. Furthermore, I definitely agree that the bill should have passed.
August 13, 1995
Norma McCorvey, known better as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court decision on abortion, has grabbed another 15 minutes of fame. Once the poster child for those who favor legalized abortion, she's now declared herself pro-life and signed up with the activist Operation Rescue. But before she's turned into a symbol once again, let's examine what Ms. McCorvey said. Her change of heart came when, as marketing director for a Dallas abortion clinic, she became increasingly dissatisfied with the way abortion was pushed, especially to young clients.
August 13, 1995 |
She won't even have to change her parking place. When Norma McCorvey - better known to a generation of Americans as Jane Roe - announced she was leaving the abortion-rights fold last week to volunteer for Operation Rescue, her physical journey wasn't far. The national offices for Operation Rescue, a leading antiabortion activist group, are next door to the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked for the last year, in a U-shaped, two-story brick...