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'Jane Roe' Wants High Court to End Abortion
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
WASHINGTON — Norma McCorvey (search), the woman whose lawsuit challenging the state of Texas' abortion ban led to the landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, now wants the court to change its mind.
McCorvey told FOX News' "Hannity & Colmes" that she would ask the high court Tuesday to vacate its 1973 Roe v. Wade (search) ruling, which remains a lightning rod for debate. It often takes several days for court officials to account for what gets filed so it was unclear Tuesday if McCorvey's appeal was made.
The court allows parties to its judgments to ask the court to vacate — or overturn — rulings, according to McCorvey's legal team.
McCorvey, now a born-again Christian, challenged Texas' abortion ban under the pseudonym Jane Roe.
In recent years, she has become a outspoken opponent of abortion, arguing that the procedure may harm women and goes against Christian teachings.
"I would like to see children stop being killed and women maimed and dead themselves," McCorvey said Monday on FOX News' "Hannity & Colmes."
Asked by show host Sean Hannity if she felt she bore a special burden as the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, McCorvey said she did experience guilt for a long time, but no longer.
"I've been saved by the blood of the lamb through Jesus Christ, and so I'm just here," she replied.
McCorvey has tried to get lower courts to revisit the case, but has failed to get the original ruling thrown out.
Last year, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (search) in New Orleans dismissed her lawsuit against the Dallas County, Texas, district attorney.
The court said the complaint was moot because Texas had not had a state abortion law for more than 30 years.