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09.09.2021

TUNE IN TOMORROW, FIRST ON “CBS MORNINGS”: ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF NORMA MCCORVEY, AKA “JANE ROE” FROM ROE V. WADE, SPEAKS OUT

First on CBS MORNINGS, one of the daughters of Norma McCorvey, also known as “Jane Roe” from the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade speaks out in her first TV interview Friday, Sept. 10, live at 7:00 AM, ET on the CBS network, and available to stream on Paramount+.

In 1970, Norma McCorvey filed a lawsuit under the name “Jane Roe,” asking to end her pregnancy. She gave birth before the final court decision. The child known as “the Roe baby” was never publicly identified. In excerpts released on Thursday in The Atlantic from the upcoming book The Family Roe: An American Story, Shelley Thornton reveals her identity as the “Roe Baby” and talks about the burden of her complicated family history. The Family Roe author and journalist Joshua Prager interviewed all three of McCorvey’s daughters for the book.

First on CBS MORNINGS, CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford spoke to Norma McCorvey’s oldest daughter Melissa Mills in her first TV interview.

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Transcript:

JAN CRAWFORD: That’s one thing I don’t think about when people think about Roe v. Wade – your mom never had an abortion.

MELISSA MCCORVEY: My mom never had an abortion. No, she had Shelley before the abortion law passed. Yeah, quite a bit before, I think, and they didn’t even call her. Mom didn’t even know that the abortion law had passed. They didn’t even include her on any of that, so she really wasn’t involved. They didn’t want her to be. She really wasn’t the type of person that they needed, even though they used her case.

CRAWFORD: That she didn’t present well. She was kind of a rough-talking, rough-living.

MCCORVEY: Mmhmm.

CRAWFORD: Jane Roe means so many different things to different people. What does Norma McCorvey mean to you?

MCCORVEY: That’s my mom.

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