Shelley Lynn Thornton’s biological mother was Norma McCorvey. McCorvey was Jane Roe in the landmark case that made abortion legal. Thornton was ‘baby Roe’ and she just broke her silence in a new ABC interview telling a heartbreaking tale that every Dem should listen to.
She did not know that she was the baby that sparked the famous SCOTUS ruling – she was born and put up for adoption as the case made its way through the courts- until the National Enquirer told her who she really was when she was 19.
“They’d asked me if I’d ever heard of her before and I said no,” Thornton said. “And they said, ‘Well, she is the woman who they used to do the Roe versus Wade case. She was Jane Roe.’”
She told ABC News that she gave them her first on-camera interview because “it’s my turn.”
“My story is my story,” Thornton said.
“My whole thinking is that, ‘Oh God, everybody’s going to hate me because everyone’s going to blame me for abortion being legal.’ You know, it’s like ‘it’s all my fault,’ is pretty much what I was thinking,” she said.
“And that’s really hard to grasp when you’re in that kind of a situation and you’re just kind of like learning all of this stuff.”
“She didn’t deserve to meet me,” Thornton said of her biological mother.
“She never did anything in her life to get that privilege back.
“She never expressed genuine feeling for me or genuine remorse for doing the things that she did, saying the things that she did over and over and over again.
“She wasn’t sorry, about giving me away or anything.”
Thornton has never forgiven McCorvey she said “mostly because I feel that she could have handled things a lot better,” about trying to use her for media attention.
“I can deal with that. I can’t deal with lies and treachery and things like that.
“To me, that’s like no, sorry, not playing that game with you. And that’s all it was. It was a game.
“It was a game.
“I was just a pawn, and I wasn’t going to let her do it,” she said.
EXCLUSIVE: "Baby Roe" breaks her silence; daughter of 'Jane Roe,' the woman behind the landmark abortion case, comes to terms with her identity. @LinseyDavis reports. https://t.co/SxrK9tA0fM pic.twitter.com/j5aj0gHoYF— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 4, 2021
NEW: "Baby Roe" breaks her silence.— ABC News (@ABC) October 4, 2021
Shelley Lynn Thornton, the biological daughter of Norma McCorvey, the woman behind the Roe v. Wade abortion case, speaks to @ABC News' @LinseyDavis in an exclusive interview. https://t.co/BvD2LVo1HQ