Daughter of ‘Jane Roe’ Won’t Reveal Abortion Stance After Used As ‘Pawn’ in Landmark Case

The daughter of “Jane Roe”—the woman whose case was used in the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision—said although she has an opinion on the abortion debate, she plans to keep it “close to my chest” after she was used as a “pawn” in the case that changed history.

In her first television interview since she revealed her identity in an Atlantic article last month, Shelley Lynn Thornton said she doesn’t really talk about abortion “because I’m not going to let either side use me for their advantage because that’s not me and—you know—find somebody else.”

Thornton said she learned of her birth identity around her 19th birthday when reporters at the National Enquirer informed her she was the biological daughter of Norma McCorvey, who used the pseudonym “Jane Roe” as the plaintiff in the case that legalized abortion across the country.

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