Though pro-choice at the time, McCorvey was troubled when she found out her court case had struck down all abortion laws. Sitting alone in her home, brooding and drinking, she gave in to feelings of depression and guilt and attempted suicide. Reporter Tom Nevin describes what happened:
When she found out that the case had gone all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in legalizing abortion in all 50 states, she was stunned. “I sat in the dining room that night and just kept rereading the newspaper story and drinking – drinking and thinking,” she says. “It made me sad to know that my name, even though it was a pseudonym, would always be connected to the death of children.” McCorvey got a straight razor and started cutting her wrists a little at a time. “That didn’t work, so I went out and got as many pills as I could. I took all of them and chased it with a quart of Johnny Walker, thinking I would die, and I would never have to talk to Sarah Weddington or Linda Coffee again. But that was not God’s plan for me.” (1)
Many years later, McCorvey would say:
Although I was an emotionally abused child, and a sexually abused teenager, I believe the worst abuse was inflicted by the judicial system. In retrospect, I was exploited by two self-interested attorneys. Worse, the courts, without looking into my true circumstances and taking the time to decide the real impact abortion would have upon women, I feel used me to justify legalization of terminating of the lives of over 35 million [now almost 55 million} babies. Although on an intellectual level I know it was exploited, the responsibility I feel for this tragedy is overwhelming.(2)
In 1995, McCorvey became pro-life and worked to undo Roe v. Wade for the rest of her life.
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