Hulu’s new documentary “AKA Jane Roe” gives a firsthand account of the late Norma McCorvey’s role as “Jane Roe” in the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which allowed women the right to have an abortion.
McCorvey was a Lake Highlands resident who became pregnant for a third time in 1969 with no money to travel somewhere where abortion was legal, the Dallas Morning News reported.
In 1970 McCorvey anonymously became the plaintiff in the case against Dallas County’s district attorney Henry Wade to legalize abortions.
The case made it to the Supreme Court, but the decision that states cannot ban abortion laws did not occur until 1973. Shortly after, McCorvey revealed her identity.
She never had an abortion, and by the time the case was over, McCorvey had given her child up for adoption.
The documentary focuses on her sudden view change in the 1990s, where she stated that she was anti-abortion, CNN reported. McCorvey said she was paid by anti-abortion activists to change her views publicly.
McCorvey lived in Dallas until her health declined in the 2010s, and she died shortly after the interview in 2017.
McCorvey’s full interview is in the new documentary “AKA Jane Roe” on Hulu.