Norma McCorvey, the woman behind the 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion, died Saturday. She was 69 years old. McCorvey died of heart failure at an assisted-living home in Katy, Texas, according to journalist Joshua Prager. Prager is writing a book about Roe v. Wade and told USA TODAY he has spent hundreds of hours with McCorvey.
The move may seem like a victory for abortion advocates. However, in the same fell swoop, Kasich also signed into a law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And this move is far more threatening to abortion rights in the state and country than the heartbeat legislation. In fact, the law is “nationally designed to be the vehicle to end abortion in America,” according to abortion opponents.
"[M]ore than 8 in 10 Americans (81 percent) ... and nearly two-thirds of pro-choice supporters (66 percent), would restrict abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy.....Additionally, 77 percent of Americans, including 79 percent of women and 71 percent of “pro-choice” supporters, say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child."