LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- The woman whose court case helped legalize abortion in 1973 came to North Carolina to raise money for a group that encourages women not to have abortions.
Norma McCorvey, the ''Jane Roe'' at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, spoke Friday at the annual spring fund-raising banquet of Alpha Pregnancy Support.
McCorvey, who has since become a Christian, said her life changed when the anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue opened an office next to the abortion clinic where she worked.
Against the odds, McCorvey found herself making friends with the people who ran Operation Rescue, including a little girl whose mother had almost decided to have an abortion.
''I was afraid to go around children,'' McCorvey said. ''I was hugging this 7-year-old child who was almost aborted herself.''
Mitchell sang for cigarettes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Folk singer Joni Mitchell says she began playing music to fulfill a need: She wanted to make money to buy cigarettes.
''I never wanted to be a star. If anything, I've been trying to get out since I got in,'' Mitchell told TV Guide for its April 15 issue. ''I'm not addicted to the roar of the crowd and don't understand why the show must go on.''
She said the lyrics from Frank Sinatra's ''My Way,'' are similar to her philosophy on life.
''I learned early on that I couldn't trust anybody's judgment but my own and even that only sometimes,'' Mitchell said.
Jones likes Backstreet Boys
NEW YORK (AP) -- It turns out Tom Jones is a fan of the Backstreet Boys.
The crooner whose hits include ''It's Not Unusual'' and ''What's New Pussycat?'' said he wants to find out more about how the Backstreet Boys ''get their incredible sound.''
''I've got both their albums and I would love to cover one of their songs,'' he told TV Guide for its April 15 issue.
The 59-year-old singer said that as a sex symbol of the 1960s and '70s, he can identify with the popular boy band, which has similarly devoted female followers.
''When I'm singing a ballad and a pair of underwear lands on my head. I hate that. It really kills the mood,'' he joked.
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