death of Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who obtained the right to abortion

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Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued the landmark abortion rights case “Roe v. Wade” in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, died Sunday at age 76. Alongside Linda Coffee, she filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman, challenging a Texas law banning abortions.

She successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case, “Roe v. Wade,” before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. Lawyer Sarah Weddington died Sunday, December 26, at age 76, announced one of his former students.

In 1973, Sarah Weddington and another attorney, Linda Coffee, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman challenging a Texas state law that banned abortions.

“She argued with Linda Coffee what was the first case of her career, ‘Roe v. Wade’, when she was fresh out of law school,” wrote Susan Hays, one of Sarah’s former students. Weddington, on Twitter.

She was my teacher” and “opened my eyes to the fragility of my rights and my freedom”, she underlined, specifying that the lawyer had succumbed to “a series of health problems” .

A right based on this case law

The “Jane Roe” – real name Norma McCorvey – case against Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade finally made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of abortion rights.

The right to abortion in the United States – which is not guaranteed by federal law – has since been based on this case law: the historic Supreme Court decision, “Roe v. Wade” of 1973.

In this judgment, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution guaranteed the right of women to have an abortion and that the States could not deprive them of it. In 1992, she specified that this right was valid as long as the fetus is not “viable”, that is to say around 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

A majority of the judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, however, seems tempted today to modify this legal framework which for nearly 50 years has guaranteed the right of American women to have an abortion, either by restricting it or by simply canceling it. .

US President Joe Biden assured the 1er December that he “continued” to support the “Roe v. Wade” jurisprudence, which establishes the right to abortion in the United States.

The landmark ‘Roe v. Wade’ case “looks like a house on the edge of a beach threatening to leak and collapse,” Sarah Weddington warned in 1998.

With AFP


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