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January-22-98

Women Recall Abortion Experiences in Senate Hearing

In a hearing held by chairman Senator John Ashcroft of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, two women, Norma McCorvey (alias Jane "Roe") and Carol Wall, spoke of their experiences with abortion. Norma McCorvey declared, "I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name." McCorvey, who had worked in abortion clinics for years, changed her position in 1995, and is now the director of the Roe No More Ministry in Dallas.

McCorvey read testimony of her experience with abortion, admitting to having lied about her circumstances as a gang rape victim during the Roe trial in 1973. McCorvey concluded her statement declaring, "I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name. It is my sincere prayer that there be no 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade."

Carol Wall spoke of the abortion she obtained in Mexico in 1966. She recalled the $800 dollar procedure in an unmarked house and the death note she wrote to her husband and children before the surgery in case she did not return. Wall said her pro-choice views stem from teachings that she should "help others the way you would want to be helped."

Ashcroft led discussions with other panel members regarding fetal viability, the pain threshold of a fetus, and the legal definitions of a fetus and baby.

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Media Resources: AP - January 21, 1998


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