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Who is Shelley Lynn Thornton?(Baby at center of landmark Roe v. Wade case reveals her identity for FIRST time after decades of secrecy ) Wiki, Bio, Age, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

Shelley Lynn Thornton

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Who is Shelley Lynn Thornton ?

Shelley Lynn Thornton has come forward to reveal that she is the youngest daughter of Norma McCorvey, the woman known as Jane Roe.

The baby at the center of Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to have an abortion in the US, has revealed her identity for the first time.

Thornton, who never met her biological mother in person before McCorvey’s death, told reporter Joshua Prager that she had decided to speak up after more than half a century of secrecy because she wanted to free herself from the ‘secrets and lies’.

Secrets and lies are the two worst things in the world. I keep a secret, but I hate it, ” she said in an excerpt from Prager’s new book ‘The Family Roe: An American Story,’ published in The Atlantic.

How old is Shelley Lynn Thornton ?

He is 51 year old.

Norma McCorvey aka ‘Jane Roe’

McCorvey, then 22 years old and living in Texas, filed a lawsuit in 1970 under the name ‘Jane Roe’, asking that she be able to have an abortion.

She was not married and she had already given birth to two other daughters, whom she had given up for adoption.

At the time, abortion was illegal, except where her mother’s life was at risk.

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The lawsuit, which came to define reproductive rights across the United States, continued until 1973.

By then McCorvey had given birth to the baby, put her up for adoption, and the girl was two and a half years old and living with new parents.

Thornton revealed that neither she nor her adoptive parents found out that she was the baby that the pro-life community dubbed the ‘baby Roe’ until 2007.

When she found out, she said she knew little about the case, other than that she “made it okay for people to go out and she was promiscuous.”

McCorvey in 1998. Shelley Lynn Thornton has come forward

“The only thing I knew about being pro-life or pro-choice or even Roe v. Wade was that this person had made it okay for people to go out and be promiscuous,” he said.

She said she was left ‘shaking and crying’ after the explosive reveal.

Thornton had always known that she was adopted and wanted to make contact with her birth mother, she said.

She was the only child of her adoptive parents Ruth Schmidt and Billy Thornton, who, after failing to conceive her own child, approached attorney Henry McCluskey to help them adopt.

The couple took her home at three days old in June 1970, unaware that her son was at the center of the high-profile lawsuit.

Roe v. Wade: The landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America
In 1973, the United States Supreme Court recognized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. The landmark ruling legalized abortion across the country, but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since.

The case was presented in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old girl living in Texas who was not married and was seeking the termination of her unwanted pregnancy.

Because of state legislation that prevents abortions unless the mother’s life is at risk, she was unable to undergo the procedure in a safe and legal environment.

So McCorvey sued Henry Wade, the Dallas County District Attorney, in 1970. The case went to the Supreme Court, under the Roe v. Wade docket, to protect McCorvey’s privacy.

Supreme Court decision

The Supreme Court rendered the decisive decision 7-2 that a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the option to have an abortion, is protected by the 14th Amendment.

In particular, that the Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides a fundamental ‘right to privacy’ that protects a woman’s freedom to choose whether or not she wishes to have an abortion.

Shelley Lynn Thornton Quicks and Facts

  • Shelley Lynn Thornton revealed she is the youngest daughter of Norma McCorvey – the woman known as Jane Roe
  • Thornton told journalist Joshua Prager she had decided to speak out because she wanted to free herself from the ‘secrets and lies’
  • She said she never met her birth mother in person before McCorvey’s death 
  • McCorvey, then 22 and living in Texas, filed a lawsuit in 1970 under the name ‘Jane Roe,’ asking to be able to have an abortion
  • By the time the law passed in 1973, McCorvey had given birth and put the baby up for adoption
  • Prager’s new book ‘The Family Roe: An American Story’ details what happened 

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