Breaking News Archive 2004
Federal Appeals Court To Revisit
Roe v. Wade
at Request of Original Plaintiff
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has agreed to reconsider the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which prohibited states from outlawing abortion, at the request of Norma McCorvey, one of the original plaintiffs in the case. McCorvey, who was once a staunch abortion-rights supporter, has since founded the Dallas antiabortion ministry Roe No More. McCorvey in June 2003 filed a motion with a federal district court to overturn the 1973 decision. In the motion, she claimed that the decision in Roe is “no longer valid” because “scientific and anecdotal evidence” collected over the past 30 years has shown the “negative effects” of abortion. However, Judge David Godbey dismissed the suit saying that the request to overturn Roe v. Wade was not made within a reasonable time after the 1973 decision. Despite the other court’s dismissal of the case, the 5th Circuit Court has agreed to hear McCorvey’s appeal on March 2.
McCorvey said that she was “heartened” by the appeals court’s decision to revisit Roe v. Wade, “It’s something that I’ve wanted ever since Day One, and it’s happening,” McCorvey said, adding, “This will be a lifetime dream come true for me that children will no longer be slaughtered from out of their mothers’ wombs”.
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