The woman at the center of the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling was arrested today at the confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor, among a wave of anti-abortion protestors who lined the sidewalks outside the Senate office buildings and several of whom made it into the hearing room in an attempt to disrupt the proceedings
Norma McCorvey, 61, of Texas, better known as "Jane Roe" in the famous Roe v. Wade
case from January 1973, was arrested after she and another protester started began during the opening statement of Sen. Al Franken
(D-Minn.), according to Capitol Police. McCorvey, whose pursuit of the right to access to abortion in the early 1970s led to a ruling that has been a pivotal part of every Supreme Court nomination fight since, has since become a leading opponent of the procedure.
Sergeant Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police said McCorvery and Francis Mahoney, 68, of Florida, were charged with unlawful conduct for disrupting Congress
, the third and fourth such arrests the police made during the more than five-hour proceedings. McCorvey was part of the group of protesters outside the Hart Senate Office Building throughout the day, a protest led by Randall Terry, the former head of Operation Rescue, an organization dedicated to ending abortion.