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In a new FX on Hulu documentary, Roe vs. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey says that her 1995 about-face against abortion “was all an act. I did it well too. I am a good actress.” Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ Didn’t Change Her Mind on Abortion. She Was Paid.

This news lead to Autostraddle’s Editor-in-Chief, Riese Bernard, dropping a factoid that perhaps everyone else knew about, but I didn’t, and now I will think of nothing else for the rest of the day: Norma McCorvey had a seemingly romantic relationship with a woman, Connie Gonzalez, for 35 years!

Excerpted from her wikipedia: “As Roe v. Wade made its way through the courts, McCorvey began a relationship with Connie Gonzalez. They lived together in Dallas for 35 years. After converting to Christianity, McCorvey continued to live with Gonzalez, though she described their relationship as platonic. Later in life, McCorvey stated that she was no longer a lesbian. McCorvey moved out of the house she shared with Gonzalez in 2006.”

If this is also brand new to you, you can read more here from an 1994 article in the NYT: At Home with Norma McCorvey; Of Roe, Dreams And Choices and The Accidental Activist from 2013 in Vanity Fair.

So anyway, this is obvious but no one should have the right to a control a woman’s body. And Jane Roe knew it.

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And there were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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