Norma McCorvey, whose test case made abortions legal in the United States, has died aged 69. She was represented under a pseudonym in the Roe v Wade case, in what ended up being a landmark and controversial Supreme Court judgement in 1973. Having turned to religion, McCorvey then said being part of the decision to legalise abortion “was the biggest mistake of my life”. She also unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade. Her death, in a Texas care home, was confirmed to US media by a journalist who had been working on a book on the case. The ruling in January 1973 came after McCorvey, then a 25-year-old single woman under the pseudonym “Jane Roe”, challenged the criminal abortion laws in Texas that ruled abortion was unconstitutional, except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger. Henry Wade was the Texas attorney general who defended the anti-abortion law. McCorvey first filed the case in 1969 – she was pregnant with her third child and said she had been raped. But the case was rejected and she was forced to give birth. However, in 1973 her appeal made it to the US Supreme Court where, by a vote of seven to two, the justices ruled that the government lacked the power to prohibit abortions.
9. WALES: £95m for healthcare professionals’ education and training
A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales has been announced. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it would support physiotherapists, nurses, radiographers and a range of health science training opportunities. He said it would enable more than 3,000 new students to join those already studying healthcare in Wales. The money includes £500,000 for community healthcare. Keith Lloyd, dean of Swansea University Medical School, said: “I am very grateful to Welsh Government for funding the additional physician associate places so that we can train more people to deliver the NHS workforce for Wales.”

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