The film, Roe v. Wade (PG-13), will release in April and aims to tell the story behind the landmark court case from both sides. It follows the lawyers for Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in the case and was known as “Jane Roe.” It also follows the attorneys from the office of Henry Wade, the local district attorney. The inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court – which heard oral arguments in the case twice – also are spotlighted.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who joined the majority opinion during a vote to overturn a 1972 Supreme Court case decision requiring unanimous verdicts, was blunt in criticizing Roe. Thomas is a longtime opponent of Roe and voted with the minority in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey. He would have overturned Roe in that ‘92 case.