I Am Roe: My Life, Roe vs. Wade, and Freedom of Choice

I Am Roe: My Life, Roe vs. Wade, and Freedom of Choice

by Norma McCorvey, Andy Meisler

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Mary Carroll
This autobiography of the long-invisible plaintiff in the case that produced the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that the Texas law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional is better written and more interesting than even most pro-choice readers would probably expect. McCorvey, who first acknowledged publicly that she was "Jane Roe" in 1984, has never been a "simple" feminist hero: she spent several years in reform school, dropped out of school, worked as a waitress, bartender, and carnival barker, had three unmarried pregnancies, lied to her "Roe" lawyers that her third pregnancy had been caused by rape, and admits to problems with alcohol and drugs, one suicide attempt, and a monumental temper; in 1989, she disclosed that she is a lesbian. Freelance journalist Meisler no doubt helped McCorvey pace her story and blend the tale of her life with developments in the national struggle over abortion. But what makes "I Am Roe" fascinating autobiography is the sense that, as she nears 50, McCorvey has come to terms with her past. Younger pro-choice women in particular will want to know more about the troubled, feisty, chip-on-her-shoulder survivor who was Jane Roe.
The spiritual/intellectual distance Roe falls below a Gandhi, a M.L. King, or many other symbolic persons is painfully obvious in her writing (we suppose Andy Meisler could write better but chose to retain the country flavor--or flatness). An un-heroic account of a very common lady swept along by outside forces. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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