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On Sun, May 21, 2000 at 10:23:07PM -0400, Roger Mills wrote:
> Douglas Koller wrote:
> >In my idiolect at least, John/Jane Doe would be the name attached to a
> >cadaver or missing person whose identity was unknown
>
> It just struck me that "Roe"  in the famous Roe v. Wade decision was a dummy
> name.  Wouldn't this be an odd use-- to keep a person's name from becoming
> public knowledge?

As it would happen, "Roe" wrote an autobiography, called _I am Roe_.

She never actually aborted her baby; the legal case was over whether
she *should* have been able to.  But she is still (when she is known)
reviled and attacked today by anti-abortionists.

Ed.