Norma McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, has died.
She died Saturday morning in Katy, Texas. She was 69. McCorvey became an icon of women's struggle for to physical self-determination, including the right to terminate a pregnancy. McCorvey reversed her views on abortion later in life.
Ms. McCorvey died of heart failure in an assisted-living home, the New York Times reports.
From The New York Times:
Since the ruling, perhaps 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States, although later court decisions and new state and federal laws have imposed restrictions, and abortions have declined with the wide use of contraceptives. Theological, ethical and legal debates continue in religious circles, governing bodies and political campaigns, influencing elections, legislation and the everyday lives of ordinary people through films, books, periodicals, the internet and other forums.
IMAGE, TOP: A Corbis portrait of McCorvey, from this Vanity Fair photographic biography.