Norma McCorvey is a Texas woman who was known as “Jane Roe” in her lawsuit to obtain an abortion, which was then illegal in her state. Although the Court ruled in McCorvey’s favor, it did so after she had already carried her pregnancy to term and had a baby. McCorvey now opposes abortion and says she regrets her participation in Roe.
Justice Harry Blackmun
Harry Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was the Supreme Court justice (1970 – 1994) who wrote the majority opinion in Roe. Before becoming a judge, Blackmun spent nine years as general counsel to the Mayo Clinic. He returned to the clinic library to do extensive research that influenced his legal opinion on abortion.
Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee
Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee were Norma McCorvey’s lawyers in Roe. They were part of a group of women in Texas who were interested in challenging anti-abortion laws when a local attorney who knew they were looking for a test case referred McCorvey to them.