‘Roe’ of Roe v. Wade Arrested at Sotomayor Hearings

Jul 13, 2009 4:25pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein and Jan Crawford Greenburg report: Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in the famous Roe v. Wade abortion case who is now an anti-abortion activist, was one of four protesters arrested for disrupting today’s opening day of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, according to the US Capitol Police.

McCorvey, 61, was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct-disruption of Congress, in the wake of one of several outbursts that temporarily delayed today’s proceedings, according to a news release from the Capitol Police.

McCorvey was “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case establishing a constitutional right for women to get abortions.

But in recent years she’s become an outspoken opponent of abortion rights, even joining in a petition to the Supreme Court to overturn the precedent her case helped set.

She joined a small group of other anti-abortion protesters outside the Hart Senate Office Building Monday morning, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

“I’m here to overturn Roe and defeat Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” McCorvey said, according to the newspaper’s Website. “She’s unworthy of the position. She’s Catholic. She’s even unworthy of taking communion because of her pro-abortion stance.”

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