US religious right paid $500,000 for high-profile plaintiff to change sides

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The woman plaintiff in the landmark 1973 ruling legalising abortion in the US admitted that her change of heart on the issue in 1995 was “all an act”.

Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe in the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, shocked the country when she came out against abortion. What we couldn’t know was she was paid by antiabortion groups including Operation Rescue.

The case had gone all the way to the highest court in the land where, by a vote of seven to two, the justices ruled that the government lacked the power to prohibit abortions, a decision that changed America. The court’s judgement was based on the decision that a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy came under the freedom of personal choice in family matters, as protected by the Constitution.

You can read more about Norma’s story here here, although the documentary focuses on her story and does not cover the ongoing secretive work of right-wing religious groups then or now.