WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - The woman known only as Jane Roe during the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that established a constitutional right to abortion will testify against abortion at Senate hearings next week, Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Missouri, said on Wednesday.

      Norma McCorvey, whose decision to seek an abortion more than 25 years ago led to the Supreme Court ruling, announced in 1995 that she now opposes abortion and went to work in Texas for the pro-life group Operation Rescue. She will testify as the keynote speaker on January 21 before Ashcroft's Senate Constitution Subcommittee.

      "As one who is strongly committed to the pro-life position, I admire her courage in standing with those who believe that Roe v. Wade was a tragic error by the court, with profound and ongoing consequences for the nation," he said. Other witnesses at the hearings will include legal experts and doctors on both sides of the issue.

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January 16-18, 1998 volume 9, no. 12          DAILY CATHOLIC