A Feminist a Day: Sarah Weddington

Who is she?

SarahWeddington_1120x600 3_0Sarah Weddington is the lawyer who defended “Jane Roe” in the landmark Roe v Wade case in the US, which ultimately saw abortion legalised in 1973.

Sarah studied law, but found it difficult to find a job in a law firm, so joined a group of students who were researching how to challenge anti-abortion laws.

She won Roe v Wade aged only 27 – the youngest person in America to argue a successful Supreme Court case. The decision made abortion legal in all 50 US states.

After the case, Sarah was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and served as an adviser to US President Jimmy Carter.

Why should we thank her?

Roe v Wade changed millions of American women’s lives forever. It enabled women to access legal abortion – a profound impact on their health, wellbeing and freedom. No doubt millions of women’s lives were saved from the perils of “backyard” abortions.

Sarah’s achievement reminds us why we must be vigilant on the issue of reproductive choice for women – in the US there have been many attempts to wind back abortion laws.

Best quote

“It is time to renew the battle for reproductive rights. We have been outmaneuvered, outspent, outpostured, and outvoted by a group of single-issue activists. It has taken them nearly two decades to turn back the principles of Roe. Let’s make sure it takes us a shorter time to replace protection for reproductive choice.”

 

 

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A Feminist a Day: Sarah Weddington

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