In 1973, under the pseudonym “Jane Roe”, she was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that secured for American women the right to an abortion. The case made her a feminist heroine, the “poster girl of the pro-choice movement.”
She was used by the abortion rights lobby to win their case, before she became pro-life:
If McCorvey craved attention, the neglect of the pro-choice lobby appears to have paved the way for Operation Rescue to win her over. But the story of her defection has a darker side: those to whom she turned for help allegedly denied her the abortion she had sought. Weddington kept it secret that she herself had undergone an abortion, McCorvey has claimed. “When I told (Weddington) then how desperately I needed one, she could have told me where to go for it. But she wouldn’t because she needed me to be pregnant for her case,” McCorvey told The New York Times in 1994.
Interesting to read about her troubled life. And interesting to note once again that none of these test cases come to the courts by accident.