Sarah Weddington, the attorney who defended the iconic Roe v. Case, has died. Wade decriminalized abortion in the US.


Sarah Weddington, the attorney who defended the iconic Roe v. Case, has died. Wade decriminalized abortion in the US.

She was 76 years old and had become famous when she was under 30 when she defended the historical case for the right to abort before the Supreme Court.

A Weddington alumnus and current colleague, Susan Hays, confirmed her death this Sunday on Twitter: "Sarah passed away this morning after a long struggle with health problems."

Along with Linda Coffee, he presented the first case of his career, Roe Vs. Wade. She was my teacher, my mentor, and the best writing teacher I ever had," Hays said.

The emblematic case was based on the decision of Norma McCorvey, under the pseudonym Jane Roe who became pregnant with her third child and sought the right to abort in Texas, where it was illegal. The only exception was if the mother's life was in danger. The attorneys filed a lawsuit on her behalf in United States federal court against local district attorney Henry Wade, alleging that Texas' abortion laws were unconstitutional.

Between 1971 and 1972, the case was presented to the Supreme Court, that legalized abortion throughout the country with a ruling of 7 votes in favor and two against. At 27, he started working on this case because law firms didn't hire women in the 70s. This led her to expose herself in front of the Supreme Court. While the case was being examined, he ran for and won Austin's legislative representation in the Texas House of Representatives. She was elected in 1972 and served as a state legislator for three terms before becoming general counsel for the federal Department of Agriculture. She later served as a consultant on women's affairs for President Jimmy Carter.

In an interview, after being asked about the case, she said, "I was very nervous." "It was like going down a street without lights. But there was no other way to go, and I had no preconceived idea that I would not win. "

"Henry Wade, the district attorney, unknowingly helped us," he said. "At a press conference, he said: 'I don't care what any court says; I will continue to prosecute doctors who perform abortions. '

"There was a procedural rule that said if local elected officials continue to prosecute after a federal court declared a law unconstitutional, there would be a right to appeal to the supreme court."

Weddington later revealed that she had an abortion herself in 1967. "Right before the anesthesia came, I thought, 'I hope no one ever finds out about this.'

"For many years, that was exactly the way I felt. Now there is a huge push to encourage women to tell their stories so that people will realize that it is not a shame. But, unfortunately, one in five women will have an abortion".

Later Weddington wrote a book on Roe vs. Wade, lectured and taught courses at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Women's University on leadership, law, and gender discrimination. She remained active in the political and legal world until her later years. In 2019, she attended a New York State law enactment ceremony to protect the right to abortion if Roe vs. Wade is revoked.

Today, the Supreme Court decision of 50 years ago is in jeopardy against the state of Mississippi, which is considering the decision to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This is believed to be the most significant challenge against Roe v. Wade, which also intervenes with the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides the right to privacy, protecting the rights of pregnant women and their right to abort.