Roe from Roe V. Wade Files Motion to Overturn Ruling - Page 5 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-20-2003, 01:28 PM   #61
love, blood, life
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10,876
Local Time: 04:14 PM
Court dismisses McCorvey's request to reopen Roe v. Wade

By LISA FALKENBERG (Associated Press Writer)
The Associated Press

Web Posted : 06/20/2003 10:55 AM

A federal district court has dismissed a request by the former plaintiff known as "Jane Roe" to reconsider the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 30 years ago.

Norma McCorvey, who joined the anti-abortion fight 10 years ago, filed the "motion for relief from judgment" Tuesday, asking the court to reopen Roe v. Wade and conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into scientific and anecdotal evidence she says shows abortion hurts women.

The court dismissed McCorvey's request late Thursday, saying it wasn't made within a "reasonable time" after the 1973 judgment.

"Whether or not the Supreme Court was infallible, its Roe decision was certainly final in this litigation," Judge David Godbey wrote in the ruling. "It is simply too late now, thirty years after the fact, for McCorvey to revisit that judgment."

A spokeswoman for the Texas Justice Foundation, which is representing McCorvey, did not immediately return a message for comment.

Sarah Weddington, the abortion rights activist and attorney who originally represented McCorvey, said she was delighted, but not surprised McCorvey's request was dismissed.

"It never should have been filed," Weddington said Friday morning. "Those who filed it got publicity but the publicity actually has been very helpful for those of us who believe the government should not be involved."

Weddington said that since McCorvey's motion was announced earlier this week in a press conference, she has received about two dozen e-mails from people offering to help defend the Roe v. Wade decision.

Federal law allows litigants to petition the court to reopen cases in extraordinary situations, but such requests must be made weeks or months after the judgment, not decades, Godbey wrote.

McCorvey and her attorneys asked the federal court to consider more than 5,400 pages of evidence, including 1,000 affidavits from women who regret their abortions, in re-evaluating the Supreme Court's decision.

The Supreme Court decision came after McCorvey had the baby. It was the third child McCorvey put up for adoption; she was a 21-year-old carnival worker at the time.

McCorvey publicly identified herself as Jane Roe in 1980. After converting to Catholicism, she shocked the abortion rights community in 1995 by joining the group Operation Rescue.


Dreadsox is offline  
Old 06-22-2003, 06:52 AM   #62
Blue Crack Addict
Moonlit_Angel's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: In a dimension known as the Twilight de doo doo, do de doo doo...
Posts: 18,547
Local Time: 03:14 PM
Glad to hear that the Court did that. Just leave the decision be-smart move.

As for the rest of the thread-ditto all Martha said, along with others along that line.


Moonlit_Angel is online now  
Old 06-23-2003, 12:09 PM   #63
The Fly
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Just east of Brunoville..
Posts: 50
Local Time: 09:14 PM
I liked a phrase W.J.Clinton often used..

"Dont end it, amend it.."


the hand that leads you
is the hand that
will push you away..
Atticus Finch is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©