Norma McCorvey


Age: 69

political activist and the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S. by reshaping the nation's social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past 50 years, in which perhaps 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the U.S. since the ruling, although later court decisions and new state and federal laws have imposed restrictions, and abortions have declined with the wide use of contraceptives.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: September 22, 1947

Died: February 18, 2017

Katy, Texas