‘Roe Baby’ Shelley Lynn Thornton Rejects Taking a Position on Abortion Debate: ‘I’m Not Going to Let Either Side Use Me’

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Shelley Lynn Thornton, the woman whose very conception sparked one of the Supreme Court’s most significant legal rulings in U.S. history, is telling her story and making it clear she won’t take anyone’s side in the public debate over abortion.

After years of anonymity, Thornton was recently identified as the daughter of Norma McCorvey, the woman who challenged Texas’ restrictive abortion laws decades ago under the pseudonym of Jane Roe. McCorvey sought to abort Thornton during her pregnancy, but since the legal battle stretched on for years, Thornton was born and put up for adoption while McCorvey won the case of Roe V. Wade. This was the landmark Supreme Court decision that legally permitted women to have
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