Biological Daughter of ‘Jane Roe’ Speaks About Her Mother, Claims She Was a Pawn

An interview of Shelley Lynn Thornton, the biological daughter of Norma McCorvey, also known as Jane Roe, in the groundbreaking abortion case was released by ABC News last night and in the interview, she claimed that she was a pawn in the situation involving her birth mother.

Thornton’s identity has been unknown to the public for more than 50 years until she was first named as McCorvey’s daughter last month in an article published in The Atlantic and growing up, said she had a nice childhood with parents who she knew adopted her and took good care of her.

During the interview, ABC News’ Linsey Davis asked Thornton, who never agreed to meet her McCorvey and only spoke to her by phone, “Why did you decide never to meet Norma?”

Thornton responded, “She didn’t deserve to meet me. She never did anything in her life to get that privilege back. She never expressed genuine feeling for me or genuine remorse for doing the things that she did, saying the things that she did over and over and over again. She wasn’t sorry, about giving me away or anything.”

Davis pressed Thornton, “So you have no regrets that you never met her?”

“No regrets,” Davis responded.

ABC News reported:

Thornton has never forgiven McCorvey and has no plans to do so, “mostly because I feel that she could have handled things a lot better,” including by being “upfront” about wanting to meet her for the media attention.

“I can deal with that. I can’t deal with lies and treachery and things like that. To me, that’s like no, sorry, not playing that game with you. And that’s all it was. It was a game. It was a game. I was just a pawn, and I wasn’t going to let her do it,” she said.

Thornton is wary of anyone trying to make her a pawn in their game. No longer 19, she has an opinion on abortion, but she keeps it “close to my chest.”

“I don’t really talk about that just because I’m not going to let either side use me for their advantage,” she said, “because that’s not me and — you know — find somebody else.”

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